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Puppy Love

little problems with big solutions

Jo Ann Cady and Pamela J. Wells

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

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Susan A. Peters, Victoria Miller Bennett, Mandy Young and Jonathan D. Watkins

A sequence of five activities, progressing from concrete to abstract, can help students develop deep understandings of the mean.

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Robin S. O'Dell

Using a rule as a seesaw helps students steady their understanding of the mean.

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Puppy Love

big solutions to little problems

Edited by Jo Ann Cady and Pamela J. Wells

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

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Carmen Petrick Smith and Kris Kenlan

Students investigate how well an online game helps them learn.

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George J. Roy, Thomas E. Hodges and LuAnn Graul

Students' mathematical intuition about estimation can serve as an entry point for tasks exploring measures of center.

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Lynn G. Patterson and Kadie L. Patterson

An engaging activity analyzing the average age of U.S. presidents not only integrates history and mathematics but also examines measures of central tendency and its appropriate uses.

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Jane M. Wilburne and Ashley Kulbacki

A sixth-grade teacher's word task uncovers higher-level thinking and engages her students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

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Randall E. Groth and Anna E. Bargagliotti

Two recent sets of guidelines that intersect statistics and complement each other can be used to plot an orderly progression of study.

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Solve It!: Suit Up!

little problems with big solutions

Sherry L. Bair and Edward S. Mooney

An open-ended problem elicits creative student thinking.