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A critical focus on the M in STEAM

Sarah B. Bush, Richard Cox, and Kristin Leigh Cook

Contributors to the iSTEM (Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) department share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K–grade 6 classrooms. The authentic STEAM project described here was born of a critical need of one child in the community. Using the Design Thinking framework, a class of fourth graders embarked on what was arguably the most meaningful school project of their lives. We place an explicit focus on the M in STEAM.

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“Going Yard” with Meters

A cartoon exploring a problem about football is coupled with a full-page activity sheet.

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Palette of Problems

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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

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Palette of Problems – May 2014

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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

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Driving Students to Performance Assessments: Learning What Students Can Do

Elizabeth T. Walker and Jeffrey S. Molisani

Multiple entry points on the road to assessing students can tell teachers if students can do math and therefore apply math to real-world problems.

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Palette of Problems – April 2014

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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

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Math for Real: How Much Time Will Lena Save?

“when will I ever use this?”

Dan Miltner

This problem ties in the Pythagorean theorem while two people walk around or across a park.

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Quick Reads: MathMania: A Middle School Puzzle Book

a good idea in a small package

Alessandra King

Students are called to engage their creativity and problem-solving skills by designing their own puzzles. They share them with their classmates and produce an anthology that will be a keepsake of their mathematical year as well as a memento of their collective accomplishment.

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Palette of Problems – February 2014

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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

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Palette of Problems – December 2013 / January 2014

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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