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Since the publication of the Curriculum and evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1989), many mathematics teachers and educators have become especially interested in making mathematical connections, such as that found between mathematics and children's literature.

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Annette Ricks Leitze and Sheryl Stump

The goal of the “Problem Solvers” department is to foster improved communication among teachers by posing one problem each month for teachers of grades K–6 to try with their students.

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Annette Ricks Leitze and Kristen L. Soots

Tasks requiring a high level of cognitive demand will develop students' problem-solving skills exponentially.

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Annette Ricks Leitze, Stephanie Hodge, Danielle Houser, and Clint Mathews

Animals that are at risk of becoming extinct are called endangered species. They can be very large animals, like a polar bear, or very small, like a monarch butterfly. Learn about several different endangered species by engaging in these math activities.

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Annette Ricks Leitze, Danae Brown, Bethany Singer, and Sarah M. Yoder

Field trips are a great way to expand the walls of your classroom and expose your students to real-life math. Using these problems, explore some of the math associated with a zoo field trip.

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Annette Ricks Leitze and Sue Tinsley Mau

Recent reform efforts that are based on the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1989) call for an increase in problem solving as part of the mathematics curriculum for students at all levels. Teachers can use problemsolving activities for multiple purposes, such as developing critical-thinking skills, data-organization skills, communication skills, and a risk-taking attitude, as well as making connections among mathematical topics. Regardless of the curriculum goal, teachers face many challenges in finding suitable activities and then assessing the work that students do on these activities. Neither task is easy.

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Annette Ricks Leitze, Toni Hillman, Peggy M. Porter, and Allison K. Overholt

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 at least four activities each for grades K–2, 3–4, and 5–6. This month, challenge your students to look for all the mathematics at the local fair.

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Jerry A. Woodward, Annette Ricks Leitze, Jason Adler, Kaitlyn Christie, Holly Foxworthy, Kelly Kratz, Donna Lee Slinker Walton,, and Anna Zawierucha

Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to mtlt@nctm.org. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.

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Annette Ricks Leitze, Pamela Cintas, Erica L. Granger, Lisa Knauff, David Ryan Lamb, Jodi A. Morrow, and Heather Dockter Wells

This department 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. This month's sports theme is designed around many mathematical strands, including problem solving, mathematical communication, geometry, and measurement.

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Annette Ricks Leitze, Jacqueline Adams, Asheley S. Alexander, Ian A. Gray, Holly Hampton, Susan E. Janke, and Antoinette M. Stith

Most of us will never be up close and personal with exotic wildlife or endangered species. However, with an active imagination, a field trip can become a jungle safari. This month, join our imaginary mathematical zoo trip.