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GPS: Composing and Decomposing Shapes Across the Grades

Kyle Carpenter and Sarah Roller Dyess

Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners' growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.

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Broken Ceiling Lights: Circular Area Without the Radius

Nicholas J. Gilbertson

A customer walks in to a lighting store with a broken ceiling light, and the solution to finding a replacement glass illuminates an alternative approach to finding the circumference and area of a circle without knowing the circle’s center, radius, or diameter.

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Problems to Ponder

Chris Harrow and Justin Johns

Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Answers to the problems are available online. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to mtlt@nctm.org. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.

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Construct It! Progressively Precise: Three Levels of Geometric Constructions

Carmen Petrick Smith

This article shares an activity scaffolding the construction of the circumcenter of a triangle, culminating with a Triangle-Ball Championship game.

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Problems to Ponder

Chris Harrow and Justin Gregory Johns

Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Answers to the problems are available online. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to mtlt@nctm.org. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.

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GPS: Teaching Shapes Inclusively

Samuel Otten, Tiffany J. LaCroix, Faustina Baah, and Rebekah Hanak

Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners’ growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.

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Problems to Ponder

Chris Harrow, Justin Johns, and Hassan Lakiss

Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Answers to the problems are available online. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to mtlt@nctm.org. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.

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The Search for Perfect Donuts

Wayne Nirode and Norm Krumpe

We define and investigate the concept of perfect donuts—rectangular donuts with a uniform width that is a natural number. Our investigation leads us to an interesting connection between the area of perfect donuts and the area of Pythagorean-triple triangles. We also provide ideas for further investigation.

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GPS: Triangle Explorations and Constructions Using Robots

Hyejin Park, Tuğba Boz, Amanda Sawyer, and James C. Willingham

Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners’ growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.

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Problems to Ponder

Justin Gregory Johns, Chris Harrow, and Ruthmae Sears

Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Answers to the problems are available online. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to mtlt@nctm.org. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.