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Danger! Animals in the Mathematics Classroom

Stefanie D. Livers, Kristin E. Harbour, and Lindsey Fowler

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

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Decomposing Rectangles

Annie Perkins and Christy Pettis

Students are given a problem to break down rectangles.

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A Leg Up on the Metric System

Students use a super-hero theme to compare the imperial system to the metric system.

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May 2019 Calendar and Solutions

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Problems

Stephen Phelps

Edited by Anna F. DeJarnette

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

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Threatened to extinction

P. Reneé Hill-Cunningham

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

Megan H. Wickstrom, Elizabeth Fulton, and Dacia Lackey

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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Coding Toys in Kindergarten

Jessica F. Shumway, Jody Clarke-Midura, Victor R. Lee, Megan M. Hamilton, and Chloe Baczuk

Claims are made that learning to code can enhance problem-solving skills and develop early computational thinking. This team observed how young children used their early mathematical skills while learning coding fundamentals. 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 6 classrooms.

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Developing Spatial Structuring with Quick Images

Jessica F. Shumway and Jessica Hoggan

Second graders began their journey to multiplicative reasoning by using rectangular arrays to find a total amount.

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Field Trips

Brandy Crowley and Tracy Harper

What is the most exciting day of the school year? Field trip day! Organizing a smooth field trip requires mathematical thinking. After solving these problems, have students create math questions about their own field-trip experiences.