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.
Amanda K. Riske, Catherine E. Cullicott, Amanda Mohammad Mirzaei, Amanda Jansen, and James Middleton
Students used a pinch of this (a 3D printer and geometry software) and a cup of that (various volume formulas) to complete a tiered task.
Stephan Pelikan, Anna F. DeJarnete, and Stephen Phelps
A monthly set of problems is aimed at a variety of ability levels.
David A. Yopp and Jacob L. Ellsworth
Learn why generalizing is important but that overgeneralizing can be problematic.
E. Fanny Sosenke and Tala Councilman
A real-world problem about the cost of moving one's household from one city to another.
James Russo and Toby Russo
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. In this issue, teachers read the classic Dr. Seuss book The Sneetches and other stories with their class and get students to engage with these associated mathematical problems. The problems, many of which are open-ended or contain multiple solutions or solution pathways, cover a range of mathematical concepts.
Kasandra Dickman and Laura Bofferding
This department explores a game used to help students learn about additive inverses, or “zero pairs.” Authors describe some common reasoning that students used while playing the game and provide activity sheets geared toward students in grades 5–7.
Frieda Parker and Vida Treviño
This activity engages students in a lesson about algebraic relationships concerning groupings of hamburgers and French fries, coupled with full-page activity sheets.
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. This month's article considers one way to teach children to be lifelong learners: by applying problem-solving skills and a variety of math concepts at home, including time, measurement, basic operations, and fractions.
little problems with big solutions
Annie Perkins and Pamela J. Wells
To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to measure as many squares as possible using a certain size of cardboard.