Assess the robustness of students’ understanding of polygons and move students beyond drawing to constructing geometric shapes.
Priya V. Prasad
Kyle T. Schultz and Stephen F. Bismarck
A geometric approach using exact square manipulatives can promote an understanding of the algorithm to dismantle radical expressions.
Kimberly M. Lilienthal
Exploring airport traffic, usage, hours of operation, and security statistics are all ways to model and bring relevance to math. Students soar while exploring the mathematics of aircraft: dimensions, cargo, fuel, and passenger capacity. Comparing two airports or aircraft would be valuable ways to extend their mathematical journey.
Melissa A. Stoner, Kristin T. Stuby, and Susan Szczepanski
By implementing high-impact activities, such as designing a school and a skate park, mathematical thinking can be linked to the engineering design process.
Terri L. Kurz
Math by the Month is a regular department of the journal that features collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes at least four activities each for grade bands K–2, 3–4, and 5–6. The problems this month integrate skateboard facts and questions into the mathematical investigations.
Engaging in an analysis of social justice issues through the lens of mathematics allows students to deepen their understanding of social issues and play a more active role in society. This set of problems is intended to help students better understand issues that affect local animal shelters and make informed decisions by applying mathematics. Included in these problems are researched facts that could accurately represent a shelter.
Donald N. Sarazen
The implementation of CCSSM helped this teacher think about how to use different representations to help fourth-grade students increase their conceptual understanding of fractions.
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This method emphasizes the strong connections between geometric and algebraic representations.