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Unit Fractions as Superheroes for Instruction

The complexity of understanding unit fractions is often underappreciated in instruction. We introduce a continuum of children's understanding of unit fractions to explore this complexity and to help teachers make sense of children's strategies and recognize milestones in the development of unit-fraction understanding. Suggestions for developing this understanding are provided.

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Linking Factors and Multiples to Algebraic Reasoning

In this paper we illustrate how a task has the potential to provide students rich explorations in algebraic reasoning by thoughtfully connecting number concepts to corresponding conceptual underpinnings.

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A STEAM Exploration of Tiny Homes

The incorporation of the “M” in STEAM must extend beyond simply a tool to address science and engineering standards (Authors, 2016; NCSM/NCTM, 2018). We present a mathematics- rich STEAM inquiry in which elementary students engaged in solving the issue of homelessness for one family in need.

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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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Danger! Animals in the Mathematics Classroom

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

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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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Problems

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

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Using Disagreement to Get Students Talking

To incorporate more classroom discussion, allow students to argue.