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iSTEM: Integrating Science Technology Engineering in the Mathematics authors share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K'grade 6 classrooms. In this month's lesson, elementary school children in the primary grades learn to create symmetrical structures using wooden blocks. Student interviews and an observational rubric are used to assess the children. Extensions for intermediate elementary grades are provided.

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Terri L. Kurz

People who lay tile for a living use mathematics every day to decide how much tile, grout, and other supplies are required to complete each job. Measurement and geometry are an integral part of designing tile patterns. Collections of short activities focus on a monthly theme that includes four activities each for grade bands K–2, 3–4, and 5–6 and aims for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation.

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Math by the Month features collections of short activities that focus on a monthly theme and 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. In this issue, we look at quilting in America, which is as old as America herself. The popularity of quilts has continued, and many Americans still quilt today. Some people consider it an art form.

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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.

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Free, Web-based balance tools can help students visualize the concept of the equal sign as the pivot point of an equation.

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After analyzing advertising claims regarding water shooters, students present their findings.

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Target Zombies with Plants and Math

a good idea in a small package

Terri L. Kurz

Plants vs. Zombies, a popular electronic game, is used to explore mathematics.

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Molly Fefolt and Terri L. Kurz

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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Terri L. Kurz and Rolando Robles

iSTEM (Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) authors share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in these integrated fields in K–grade 6 classrooms. This month, preservice teachers use Polydron® Revolution kits to design and create an amusement park ride that spins. The lesson integrates engineering design processes with mathematics to explore the concepts of proportional reasoning and least common multiple within the context of gears.

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Terri L. Kurz and Alejandra Serrano

A Calculator-Based Ranger (CBR) can be used to support the understanding of position or time graphs. Preservice teachers used CBRs to help make sense of graphs through movement. An experience with an elementary school student is also described. iSTEM (Integrating Science, Technology, and Engineering in Mathematics) authors share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in integrated STEM fields in K–grade 6 classrooms.