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Avoiding the Ineffective Keyword Strategy

Karen S. Karp, Sarah B. Bush, and Barbara J. Dougherty

Try these meaningful alternative approaches to helping students make sense of word problems.

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Emphasizing the M in STEAM activities

Emily Dardis and Megan H. Wickstrom

Modifications to a first- and second-grade STEAM activity, Elephant Toothpaste, highlight ways to emphasize mathematical thinking by running multiple experiments, posing mathematical questions, and having students make both qualitative and quantitative observations. Contributors to the iSTEM department share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K–grade 5 classrooms.

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Investigating a Super-Bear

Clayton M. Edwards, Rebecca R. Robichaux-Davis, and Brian E. Townsend

Three inquiry-based tasks highlight the planning, classroom discourse, positive results, and growth in one class's journey.

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May 2019 Calendar and Solutions

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Problems

Stephen Phelps

Edited by Anna F. DeJarnette

A monthly set of problems targets a variety of ability levels.

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Soccer for Real

Imani M. Goffney

Edited by Naima F. Goffney

My name is Naima Goffney, and I am an eleven-year-old seventh grader at Julius West Middle School. I am taking algebra 1 this year. I wanted to write the Math for Real because in math class I do not always think that what we are learning is related to the real world. At home, my mom shows me all the different ways I am mathematically smart, which makes me want to try harder in school during the “rougher” days. We can use math to know more about how to improve our skills and find the math we learn in school more interesting and more related to our real world as middle schoolers.

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Supporting Group Work with Mathematically Meaningful Roles

Daniel J. Heck, Jill V. Hamm, Jessica A. Dula, Pippa Hoover, and Abigail S. Hoffman

Three seventh graders, working as a small group in their math class, had a conversation about adding and subtracting integers. The students discussed the challenges they faced in the assigned task.

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Threatened to extinction

P. Reneé Hill-Cunningham

Hundreds of species of animals around the world are losing their habitats and food supplies, are facing extinction, or have been hunted or otherwise negatively influenced by humans. Students learn about some of these animals and explore multiple solution strategies as they solve this month's problems. Math by the Month features collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes four activities each for grade bands K–2, 3–4, and 5–6.

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Building Sets, Video Games, and Scatterplots

Sarah Ferguson

Explore the creation of a unique problem-based learning (PBL) experience.

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LEGOs: Linking Units, Operations, and Area

Megan H. Wickstrom, Elizabeth Fulton, and Dacia Lackey

Use those multicolored linking bricks to help students connect measurement with an understanding of number and operations as well as fractions.