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Solve It! Lemon Tea?

little problems with big solutions

Sherry L. Bair

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to calculate mixtures of lemon and tea.

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Solve It: Student Thinking:Tom versus Tom

big solutions to little problems

Sherry L. Bair and JoAnn Cady

“Who has had the better career, Tom Hanks or Tom Cruise?” elicited discussion about students' data choices. The Solve It problem original appeared in the February 2014 issue.

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Polygon Area and Perimeter

little problems with big solutions

JoAnn Cady and Sherry L. Bair

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to analyze area and perimeter.

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The Fire Pit

Little Problems with Big Solutions

JoAnn Cady and Sherry L. Bair

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to analyze area and perimeter.

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Parts of a Parallelogram

Big Solutions to Little Problems

Sherry L. Bair and JoAnn Cady

This Solve It problem about polygons originally appeared in the April 2014 issue.

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Solve It! Seeing Dots

little problems with big solutions

Sherry L. Bair and JoAnn Cady

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to build polygons on a geoboard.

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Solve It! Tom versus Tom

little problems with big solutions

Sherry L. Bair and JoAnn Cady

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to calculate which movie career was more successful, that of Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks.

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Solve It! Picking and Packing Strawberries

little problems with big solutions

Sherry L. Bair and JoAnn Cady

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to calculate fractional parts of crates of strawberries.

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Solve It!: Parts of a Parallelogram

little problems with big solutions

Sherry L. Bair and JoAnn Cady

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

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Sherry L. Bair and JoAnn Cady

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