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Activities for Students: Calendar Analysis: Blue Moons

Neil C. Schwertman and Kate Thomas

Analysis of a rare event such as a blue moon (defined today as the second full moon in a month) can provide an interesting exercise that develops quantitative reasoning skills. Research by Whitacre and Nickerson (2006), Grouws and Cebulla (2000), Hill and Ball (2004), and Greeno and Hall (1997), for example, shows that active learning such as classroom activities for individuals or small groups is an excellent tool for stimulating students.

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Math by the Month: Speedy Gonzales

Patricia O'Donnell and Amanda Frick

Do you remember clever, energetic Speedy Gonzales, “the fastest mouse in all Mexico,” one of the animated characters in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoon series? This month our “math by the month” activities, reminiscent of the spirited Speedy, will have your students calling ¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! (colloquial Spanish for “Come on! Hurry up!”) as they ask for more problem-solving scenarios based on this month's racing theme.