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## Avoiding the Ineffective Keyword Strategy

Try these meaningful alternative approaches to helping students make sense of word problems.

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## Decomposing Rectangles

Students are given a problem to break down rectangles.

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## License to Do Math with a Full Tank

Since its inception, the Mathematical Lens column has provided teachers with resources to use with their students to make connections between mathematics and the world around us through the use of photographs. The editors and the dozens of teachers who submitted material for columns have taken all of us on a journey around the world to discover where mathematics lives. These columns have offered teachers a license to do mathematics everywhere and to travel far with their students with a full tank of resources.

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## May 2019 Calendar and Solutions

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## Problems

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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## Let's build it!

Geometry is much more than learning vocabulary and identifying shapes; it involves developing spatial sense—an intuition about shapes and the relationship between them. In this Let's Build It activity, students reason about geometric shapes and their attributes as they use newspaper dowels to build two- and three-dimensional structures.

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## Life in A-town

Welcome to A-town! All the residents of A-town have names that start with the letter A! Could you live here? Join these students as they solve problems around their neighborhood. Remember, math is everywhere.

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## What Can We Learn from Correct Answers?

Dig deeper into classroom artifacts using research-based learning progressions to enhance your analysis and response to student work, even when most students solve a problem correctly.