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## Odd Shape Out

### big solutions to little problems

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

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

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## Palette of Problems – May 2014

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

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## Pattern-Block Puzzlers

Postscript items are designed as rich “grab-and-go” resources that any teacher could quickly incorporate into his or her classroom repertoire with little effort and maximum impact. The current article shares ideas for using Pattern Blocks to increase students' creativity and problem solving skills while extending their understanding of geometric reasoning and number sense.

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## Untangling Geometric Ideas

This geometry lesson uses the work of abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky as a springboard and is intended to promote the conceptual understanding of mathematics through problem solving, group cooperation, mathematical negotiations, and dialogue.

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## Cartoon Corner: Clockwise, but Not So Wise

A cartoon that explores 360 degrees and the directions of clockwise and counterclockwise is coupled with a full-page activity sheet.

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## Connecting the Threads of Area and Perimeter

See how sixth-grade students design and create quilt squares for this geometry project.

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## Revisit Pattern Blocks to Develop Rational Number Sense

A classic manipulative, used since the 1960s, continues to offer opportunities for intriguing problem solving involving proportions.

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## Helping Young Children See Math in Play

Capitalize on opportunities for mathematical concepts to emerge in common preschool contexts, such as doll corners and block centers.

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## The Functionator 3000: Transforming Numbers and Children

Be inspired by a formerly timid third grader who now confidently conveys a new understanding of numbers, patterns, and their relationships as functions.