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## Connecting the Dots: Building Procedural Fluency

This article explores teaching practices described in NCTM's Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Student thinking, a learning cycle, and procedural fluency are discussed in this article, which is the second installment in the series.

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## Dream Catchers: Weaving Connections between Geometry and Algebra

For 500 years, dream catchers have been cultural symbols of intrigue worldwide. The most common folkloric design is a 12-point dream catcher. According to Native American legend, the first dream catcher was woven by a “spider woman” to catch the bad dreams of a chief's sick child. Once the bad dreams were caught, the chief's child was healed (Oberholtzer 2012). The basic design has been used for 500 years and is similar to the weaving of a spider's web.

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## Media Literacy in Mathematics

The Internet provides seemingly endless news and media. Unfortunately, not all news stories are accurate. How a story is told depends on who tells it and why. There are strategies for determining whether news stories are fact or fiction. The Media Literacy Council suggests taking into consideration who created or uploaded the information, where it is hosted, and when the information was published (http://www.medialiteracycouncil.sg). Consider these media stories:

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## October 2018 Calendar and Solutions

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## Problems

A monthly set of problems is aimed at a variety of ability levels.

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## What's my rule?

A game of What's my rule? allows students to explore operations while developing familiarity with patterns and functions. Postscript items are designed as rich grab-and-go resources that any teacher can quickly incorporate into his or her classroom repertoire with little effort and maximum impact.

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## Number Talks: Gateway to Sense Making

Support your high school students in the challenging transition from memorization to understanding.

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## Problem solving with the Greek gods

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, students explore mathematical challenges within the context of the Greek gods. Activities are provided for elementary school children to support their exploration of mathematics in everyday situations.

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## Problems

A monthly set of problems is aimed at a variety of ability levels.

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