Teachers share success stories and ideas that stimulate thinking about the effective use of technology in K–grade 6 classrooms. This article describes how students can use available technology to communicate and share their thinking in popular media formats.
Brandt S. Lapko
This cartoon problem explores serving sizes and sugar found in cereal, coupled with an activity sheet.
Students are given a real-life agricultural problem describing baby pig survival.
This department publishes brief news articles, announcements and guest editorials on current mathematics education issues that stimulate the interest of TCM readers and cause them to think about an issue or consider a specific viewpoint about some aspect of mathematics education.
These problems are situated in the context of firefighting to promote problem solving and critical thinking.
This department showcases students' in-depth thinking and work on previously published problems. The September 2012 problem scenario helps students build number sense and measurement sense. This problem would make a nice addition to observances Fire Prevention Week (October 6–12).
Eric Imbrescia, Chelsea Heishman, and Amanda Sawyer
As educators, we know that to have effective mathematics instruction, we must promote mathematical problem solving while encouraging discourse (NCTM 2014), yet finding tasks that both challenge and engage students can be difficult. We discovered that the Yohaku, a Japanese number puzzle, provides a format that was both challenging and thought-provoking when implemented in a secondgrade class in a Virginia elementary school. The number puzzle involves having students fill in squares with numerical values such that each column and row creates the same value. We discovered that students enjoyed the puzzle and that it supported their own construction of number sense.
Lisa Nguyen Batista and Suzanne H. Chapin
Teachers learn instructional activities; the use of sentence frames; and how to support students in respectfully speaking, listening, and responding to one another.
Math by the Month is a regular department of the journal featuring collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes at least four activities each for grade bands K—2, 3—4, and 5—6. This month, students will flip as they use their math skills to solve delectable problems about one of the most versatile foods on the planet. For more flapjack math, check out the “7,000 Pancakes” investigation in the May 2008 issue of TCM. Further whet students' appetites with pancake trivia from http://marthasallnatural.com/recipes_pancake_trivia.pdf.
Michael Todd Edwards, James Quinlan, and Jeremy F. Strayer
A collaborative number quest challenges third graders to strengthen their understanding of patterns, multidigit addition, and number operations