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## Quick Blocks: Developing Spatial Sense

This article shares the importance of giving K-12 students opportunities to develop spatial sense. We explain how we designed Quick Blocks as an activity to engage our students in both spatial reasoning and number sense. Several examples of students thinking are shared as well as a classroom dialogue.

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## Quick images for all

Postscript items are designed as rich grab-and-go resources that any teacher can quickly incorporate into his or her classroom repertoire with little effort and maximum impact. Quick images are a fun, engaging way for students to compose and decompose visual numbers. Students apply their understanding of subitizing–the ability to recognize a number of items without counting–as they determine the quantity of the group

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## Math for Real: The Top Speed for Humans

### “when will I ever use this?”

The running speed of athletes provides the real-life tie-in to this computation activity.

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## Deciphering Multiplication Algorithms with the Area Model

Prospective teachers explore Egyptian multiplication and Russian peasant multiplication to address the quantitative and qualitative relationships underlying these algorithms.

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## Students with Learning Disabilities Tackle Multistep Problems

Support math conversations and teach students to approach various problem-solving tasks by encouraging the use of tables.

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## Solve It!: Parts of a Parallelogram

### little problems with big solutions

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to calculate the ratio of areas of a parallelogram.

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## How Did the Answer Get Bigger?

Developing number and operation sense associated with fraction division is viewed from multiple perspectives: modeling, equivalence, and symbolism.

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## Solve It! Student Thinking: Aunt Martha's Cupcakes

### big solutions to little problems

Solutions to a February 2013 Solve It! problem are discussed, and the procedures used with problem solving are explored.

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## The Whole Story: Understanding Fraction Computation

Anticipate and address errors that arise when fractions are placed in context and illustrated with models.

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## Bird Boxes Build Content Area Knowledge

Communicating reasoning and constructing models fold nicely into a geometry activity involving the building of nesting boxes.