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Student Engagement with the “Into Math Graph" Tool

Amanda K. Riske, Catherine E. Cullicott, Amanda Mohammad Mirzaei, Amanda Jansen, and James Middleton

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.

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Odd Shape Out

big solutions to little problems

Jo Ann Cady and Pamela Wells

Solutions to a previous Solve It problem are discussed, and the procedures used with problem solving are explored.

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Palette of Problems

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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

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Mathematical Explorations: Find the Distance: No Formula Necessary

classroom-ready activities

Ryota Matsuura and Yu Yan Xu

This activity involves finding the distance between two points in a coordinate plane and emphasizes reasoning from repeated calculations, which is one of the mathematical practices specified by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

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Palette of Problems – May 2014

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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

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Palette of Problems – April 2014

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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

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Math for Real: How Much Time Will Lena Save?

“when will I ever use this?”

Dan Miltner

This problem ties in the Pythagorean theorem while two people walk around or across a park.

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Quick Reads: MathMania: A Middle School Puzzle Book

a good idea in a small package

Alessandra King

Students are called to engage their creativity and problem-solving skills by designing their own puzzles. They share them with their classmates and produce an anthology that will be a keepsake of their mathematical year as well as a memento of their collective accomplishment.

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Mathematical Explorations: How Tall Is That Tree?

classroom-ready activities

Kate M. Degner

An activity explores how to estimate the height of trees. Activity sheets are included.

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Palette of Problems – February 2014

Joel Amidon and Matt Roscoe

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