Use this activity to support students in working together, recognizing one another’s contributions, and leveraging their mathematical strengths to solve challenging problems.

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### Katherine Baker, Scott A. Morrison, and Alyssa Herrmann

This article features a third-grade multiplication exploration that integrates materials from nature and outside spaces. Teaching and learning mathematics with and in nature foster connections—mathematical, interpersonal, and with the natural world.

### Linda L. Cooper

Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners’ growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.

### Amanda K. Riske, Catherine E. Cullicott, Amanda Mohammad Mirzaei, Amanda Jansen, and James Middleton

We introduce the Into Math Graph tool, which students use to graph how “into" mathematics they are over time. Using this tool can help teachers foster conversations with students and design experiences that focus on engagement from the student’s perspective.

### Jonathan D. Bostic, Brooks Vostal, and Timothy Folger

All students have strengths that can be leveraged through universally designed instruction.

### Amber G. Candela, Melissa D. Boston, and Juli K. Dixon

We discuss how discourse actions can provide students greater access to high quality mathematics. We define discourse actions as what teachers or students say or do to elicit student contributions about a mathematical idea and generate ongoing discussion around student contributions. We provide rubrics and checklists for readers to use.

### Lincoln Peirce

A cartoon involving presidential birth dates is coupled with a full-page activity sheet.

### Gabriel T. Matney

To develop second-grade students' confidence and ease, use these three specific types of tasks that align with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics expectations.

## Mathematical Explorations: A New Twist on Collaborative Learning

### classroom-ready activities

### Stephanie M. Butman

Research on students' learning has made it clear that learning happens through an interaction with others and through communication. In the classroom, the more students talk and discuss their ideas, the more they learn. However, within a one-hour period, it is hard to give everyone an equal opportunity to talk and share their ideas. Organizing students in groups distributes classroom talk more widely and equitably (Cohen and Lotan 1997).

### Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

A monthly set of problems is aimed at a variety of ability levels.