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Danger! Animals in the Mathematics Classroom

In our attempts to make a concept easier, we may hinder student learning.

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Emphasizing the M in STEAM activities

Modifications to a first- and second-grade STEAM activity, Elephant Toothpaste, highlight ways to emphasize mathematical thinking by running multiple experiments, posing mathematical questions, and having students make both qualitative and quantitative observations. Contributors to the iSTEM department share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K–grade 5 classrooms.

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

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Threatened to extinction

Hundreds of species of animals around the world are losing their habitats and food supplies, are facing extinction, or have been hunted or otherwise negatively influenced by humans. Students learn about some of these animals and explore multiple solution strategies as they solve this month's problems. 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.

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LEGOs: Linking Units, Operations, and Area

Use those multicolored linking bricks to help students connect measurement with an understanding of number and operations as well as fractions.

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Number Talks for Statistics and Probability

Short, mathematical discussions can elicit students' reasoning and focus on foundational ideas.

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

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A Math Field Day: Embed Content with Play

Can you remember your typical elementary school field day? In this article, we provide details on hosting a mathematics field day, focused on embedding rich mathematics into authentic fun-filled field day experiences.

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Problems

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