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How many items can you name that have wheels? Wheels help us get from one place to another. Imagine having to walk to school every morning or to your favorite ice cream shop for a treat. How much time would this take?

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Amber Simpson and Amanda Short

Math by the Month is a regular department of the journal that 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. In this issue, the problems challenge students to explore numbers that describe their physical characteristics and their world.

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Leigh Haltiwanger and Amber M. Simpson

Allowing students to write in mathematics class can promote critical thinking, illustrate an awareness of mathematical connections, and result in clear communication as they share ideas comfortably with peers.

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Luke Boes, Haley Stath and Amber Simpson

Imagine spending a night in the Amazon rain forest; scuba diving at Barracuda Point off the coast of Sipadan Island, Malaysia; or bird watching in Cape May Point State Park, New Jersey. Just think of all the different animals you would see! Animals can be an intriguing topic for students. Showing students how mathematical concepts are related to wildlife can be a great way to get them excited about problem solving and a way to pique and hold their interest.

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Amber Simpson, Jodi Monroe and Janel Raquet

What is your favorite board game? The problems below are based on popular games that can be played at home, within your classroom, or as part of family math nights at your school. We encourage you to send these problems home with students to promote mathematics learning with family members and peers outside the classroom. We recognize that these games may not be available in every classroom; you may want to display game board images on an interactive whiteboard in the classroom and as handouts for students to take home.

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Amber Simpson, Stefani Mokalled, Lou Ann Ellenburg and S. Megan Che

The Cognitive Rigor Matrix is a tool that teachers can use to analyze and reflect on questions and tasks and, in the process, increase the level of rigor.