Problem solving with the Sneetches

Author: James Russo and Toby Russo
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Math by the Month 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, teachers read the classic Dr. Seuss book The Sneetches and other stories with their class and get students to engage with these associated mathematical problems. The problems, many of which are open-ended or contain multiple solutions or solution pathways, cover a range of mathematical concepts.

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Contributor Notes

James Russo,, Belgrave South Primary School

Toby Russo,, Bell Primary School, are teachers in Victoria, Australia. Their teaching passion revolves around developing engaging games and activities that extend student thinking. Edited by Lisa Brooks,, a lecturer in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida in Orlando; and Samantha Neff,, a K–grade 5 math coach at Highlands Elementary in Winter Springs, Florida. Email problem collections for the editors to consider as future Math by the Month columns. See submission guidelines at Email creative solutions and adapted problems to for potential publication, noting Readers Exchange in the subject line.

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