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Math by the Month
math by the month: Exploring nature through mathematics

Amanda Sibley and Terri L. Kurz 

August 2013, Volume 20, Issue 1, Page 16

Math by the Month is a regular department of the journal, featuring 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. In the current issue, mathematics is visible where we least expect it. The use of mathematics gives us a more fruitful understanding of Earth, its animals, and scientific processes. We use math to forecast environmental changes, predict future events, and decide when intervention is necessary to protect the survival of species that are at risk.

Grades 3-5
Problem Solving / Problem Posing