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## Investigating a Super-Bear

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

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

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## Life in A-town

Welcome to A-town! All the residents of A-town have names that start with the letter A! Could you live here? Join these students as they solve problems around their neighborhood. Remember, math is everywhere.

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## Problems

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

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## When Foil Falls Apart

A critique of FOIL provides an alternate method of multiplying polynomials.

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## Field Trips

What is the most exciting day of the school year? Field trip day! Organizing a smooth field trip requires mathematical thinking. After solving these problems, have students create math questions about their own field-trip experiences.

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## March 2019 Calendar and Solutions

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## Using PhET Simulations in the Mathematics Classroom

Imagine that you and your language arts colleagues are teaching Edgar Allan Poe's short story, “The Pit and the Pendulum.” This thrilling story takes us to the Inquisition during which a prisoner is surrounded by hungry rats and bound to a table while a large pendulum slowly descends. The prisoner believes that the pendulum is 30-40 feet long and estimates that it should take about 10-12 swings before he is hit, leaving him with about a minute or a minute and a half to escape. Are his estimations correct? If so, will he make it out in time?

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## What's in a (Sweet) Name?

This highly appropriate cartoon for March explores pi, coupled with an activity sheet.