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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Given the numbers and data at our fingertips in this digital age, mathematical and digital literacy skills are imperative when it comes to understanding natural and social phenomena and making good decisions. As teachers we are responsible for helping students make sense of this information

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The Hidden Beauty of Complex Numbers

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Simple Mathematical Model for Designing a Corbeled Arch

This mathematical method can be used to find the size and shape of the bricks necessary to create a corbeled arch of nearly any shape. This method focuses on finding the minimum lengths of the bricks necessary to create a mathematically stable arch subject to certain constraints.

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Teaching Angle as Turn Using a Code.org Lesson

Elementary school students use physical manipulatives (e.g., pattern blocks) to make sense of the geometry and measurement ideas in a Code.org block-based programming lesson.

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How Big Is a Leaf? Mathematical Modeling Through STEM Inquiry

Grade 4 students engage in problem solving through inquiry in an agricultural science context.

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My Funny (Mathematical) Valentine

Students create clever mathematical Valentine’s Day cards.

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Mathematical Wonders and Reasons Abound in the Seasons

Mathematics abounds in the beauty of the seasons. Where you live, work, or travel, how do you engage with and explore the wonders of math in our natural world?

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Perspectives from Physics: Constraints on Our Curriculum

How trigonometry is used and portrayed differently in mathematics and physics textbooks highlights potential sources for student struggle, constraints on our trigonometry curriculum, and lessons learned when looking across STEM disciplines.

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Mathematical Connections: Many Faces of the Truncated Icosahedron

Examine this geometric figure in light of a set of connections among fields such as architecture, geometry, science, sports, technology, and associated uses, models, and discoveries.

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Give Plants an Inch; They’ll Take a Yard

A real-world integrated activity allows middle school students to design a scale drawing for a garden at their school.