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## Math Chat Opportunities Abound!

This article describes how fortuitous mathematical moments should be noticed, encouraged, embraced, and capitalized upon.

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## Developing Property-Based Geometric Reasoning

Recognizing the complex nature of students’ geometric reasoning, we present guidelines and suggestions for implementing a Guess My Shape minilesson that focuses students’ attention on properties and attributes of geometric shapes.

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## Student Engagement with the “Into Math Graph" Tool

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

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

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## Calendar and Solutions – August 2014

A set of problems of many types.

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## Palette of Problems

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

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## Media Clips: Mosquitoes; Pythagorean Baseball

Students analyze items from the media to answer mathematical questions related to the article. This month's clips examine why raindrops do not crush mosquitoes and feature an application of the Pythagorean theorem to baseball. The mathematics involved includes dimensional analysis, ratio and proportion, and the Pythagorean theorem.

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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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## Reader Reflections – May 2014

Readers comment on published articles or offer their own ideas.

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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.