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## Balancing act

District and teachers' union personnel collaborated in creating a teaching and learning cooperative to maintain ongoing, high-quality professional staff development.

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## Teaching and Learning about Patterns in Preschool

This preschool teacher uses differentiation and scaffolding techniques as she reads an informational text about patterns with her young students.

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## Mapping a Way to Decimal Understanding

Using Cuisenaire Rods, metric measurement, and mapping, students worked collaboratively to calculate, keep records, build, and problem solve with use of decimal fractions as a key element.

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## Which contains the most?

When implementing STEM activities, such as model rockets blasting off or paper airplanes flying across the room, the mathematical or scientific content can get lost as we focus on the “wow factor.” However, meaningful learning experiences can be implemented anytime by employing the components of the 4E×2 instructional model. In essence, the model promotes students exploring their ideas before constructing an explanation for their concept, allowing the development of deeper understanding and connections with multiple conceptions.

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## Traveling at the Speed of Light

Students use scientific notation to calculate how long it takes light to travel a variety of astronomical distances and then interpret the significance of their findings.

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## Problem: Jump as Far as You Can

This month's problem examines the standing long jump, an Olympic event until 1912. Students will jump as far as they can from a standing position and measure the distance by using different units, such as cubes, feet, and inches. A good problem can capture students' curiosity and can serve many functions in the elementary school classroom: to introduce specific concepts the teacher can build on after students recognize the need for additional mathematics or to help students see where to apply already-learned concepts. We encourage teachers to use the monthly problem and suggested instructional notes in their classrooms and report solutions, strategies, reflections, and misconceptions to the journal audience.

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## A Super Way to Soak in Linear Measurement

After analyzing advertising claims regarding water shooters, students present their findings.

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## UDL for Geometric Length Measurement

A proactive preschool teacher differentiates instruction by using the Universal Design for Learning framework to decrease barriers that limit students' access to classroom learning.

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## The Beautiful Tree Project: Exploring Measurement in Nature

The outdoors offers children a rich space for learning and inspires authentic mathematical opportunities.

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## A STEAM investigation: Making giant strides

In this article, the authors share how a class of fifth-grade students from an urban elementary school channeled their creativity and critical thinking in an engaging STEAM investigation. Contributors to the iSTEM (Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) department share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K–grade 6 classrooms.