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Elementary

Anderson's Pumpkin Patch - Teaching the Young Learner Group and Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many students are there in Ms. Juncos's fourth grade ... more>>

The Big Balloon Blowup - Leon Roland & class
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help Ulrike and Lars determine the number of balloons in each ... more>>

Birthday Beach Bash - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help determine how many balloons were needed for party favors at the end of this ... more>>

Birthday Pictures - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Join Ms. Juncos's fourth-grade team in a comparison of seasons of ... more>>

Holiday Shopping and Surfing - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Charlene calculate the change she'll have left for holiday card supplies after she completes her online ... more>>

Irish Specials - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Calculate the final bill for our St. Patrick's Day dinner last ... more>>

Ms. Newton's Secret - Jeanne Fitzgerald
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Can you discover the secret of Ms. Newton's ... more>>

Presidential Timepieces - Mary DeYoung & class
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Develop a sense of time by exploring presidential ... more>>

Seasonal Probability - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Calculate the probability that your birthday falls in a particular season of the ... more>>

Special Stars - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Calculate the number of pipe cleaners Leah used to create a Star of David ... more>>

The Twelve Percents of Christmas - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Calculate the percentages of the total gifts received on each of the twelve days of ... more>>

The Twelve What of Christmas?? - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Have fun with mathematics definitions in this play on a famous holiday ... more>>

Middle School

Cats, Dogs, and Kids Everywhere You Look - Judy Ann Brown
Middle School, difficulty level 2. A Logic problem: Patty's dog and Oscar's cat are both namesakes of the owner of the cat named Oscar...Who owns the ... more>>

Happy New Year! - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 4. A puzzle for the new year: how is the grid designed? ... more>>

Happy Thanksgiving - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. A logic puzzle to solve the age-old question, "Who will wash the dishes?" ... more>>

A Holiday Gift for Grandmother Brown - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Determine the cost of the dishwasher and the contribution from each of five children. ... more>>

The Math Club Holiday Party - Judy Ann Brown
Middle School, difficulty level 2. The Math Club is having a holiday party. If the presents are opened in 5 minute intervals starting at 1:00 p.m. the ... more>>

Pi Day - Let's Eat Cake! - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. In honor of Pi Day we will be comparing the volumes of slices taken from round and rectangular cakes. ... more>>

Pi Day Treats - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Help Mrs. Granville and Mrs. Germain plan a Pi Day ... more>>

Pouring the Punch - Neil Bress
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. The Refreshments Committee needs to pour exactly four liters of eggnog using only three-liter and five-liter ... more>>

Rampaging Reindeer - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. How many different ways can Santa's reindeer be ... more>>

Santa's Little Helpers - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Help Santa to solve the puzzle created by the clever elves. ... more>>

Shine On Harvest Moon - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 2. Find the area of the largest circle that can be cut from a nine-inch by twelve-inch sheet of paper. ... more>>

Trick-or-Treat Route - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 4. Which of the many possible routes should the Anderson children take on their Halloween trek? ... more>>

Who Brought the Candy Corn? - Judy Ann Brown
Middle School, difficulty level 3. Five children dressed in different costumes arrived for a Halloween party riding bicycles. Who drinks Root Beer? ... more>>

Wilda's Swamp Water - Judy Ann Brown
Pre-Algebra, difficulty level 3. Measure 8 quibits of swamp water using only 6-quibit and 10-quibit ... more>>

Algebra

Approval Method of Voting - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 3. In the country of Algpoweria, eligible voters can cast their votes for two candidates. Based on the clues given, find ... more>>

The Chip Swap Game - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 4. The object of this game is to swap the positions of the different colored chips. Count the number of moves and, as you ... more>>

The Christmas Gifts - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. A grandfather doles out his annual Christmas gifts to his beloved grandchildren in a most unusual way - mathematical, of ... more>>

Grandpa Jones' Age - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Little George asks how old his grandpa is, and needs your help to find out the ... more>>

Halloween Night - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 1. One hundred candy kisses were being distributed, one at a time, to five goblins at my door. The phone rang, and when I ... more>>

Home-Made Valentine Card - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Reuben expresses his affection for his girlfriend by making his own Valentine's Day card, described ... more>>

Mr. Green's Birthday - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 1. Mr. Green has a birthday but will not tell his age directly. Can you figure out his age based on the ... more>>

My Bag of Marbles - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 2. Find the probability of drawing a blue marble after additional marbles have been placed in a ... more>>

The Straggler Shakes Hands - Melissa Kennedy, Susan Rose, Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 3. There were one hundred forty-one handshakes in all. How many people did the straggler know? This puzzle involves a ... more>>

To Grandmother's House We Go - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 4. Red Riding Hood goes to visit Grandmother for the holidays at the same time that Grandmother heads out to visit Red. ... more>>

Trick-or-Treat Box - Terry Trotter
Algebra, difficulty level 1. Harvey and his classmates make trick-or-treat boxes in math class and use a special formula to find the ... more>>

Valentine Candy - Ethel Breuche
Algebra, difficulty level 2. A vendor who sells Valentine candy boxes wants to raise the price. For every twenty-five-cent increase he loses two ... more>>

Geometry

Discrete Math

Delivering Toys for the Holidays - Leigh Nataro
Discrete Math, difficulty level 4. Using two different algorithms, find the distance traveled in creating a Hamilton ... more>>

The Fourth of July Parade - Ethel Breuche
Discrete Math, difficulty level 3. After the parade, the people on the float I was on shook hands with each other. The Mayor came over and shook ... more>>

Happy Birthday to You, & You, & You... - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. What is the probability that in a room of 30 people, at least two people will share the same ... more>>

Vinnie Valentine's Mix-Up - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 4. What is the probability of getting exactly 10 out of 20 valentines to the correct ... more>>

Will It Be Pumpkin Pie? - Leigh Nataro
Discrete Math, difficulty level 4. Based on voting coalitions and power indices, who has more power in deciding what will be served for ... more>>

Trigonometry/Calculus

Be My Valentine - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 4. Find the areas of two heart-shaped ... more>>

An Eggstra Special Problem - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Find the area of a cross-section of an egg given some dimensions of the ... more>>

Five Golden Rings - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 5. Based on the given information, find the volume of five golden ... more>>

A Holiday Card - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. Find the ratio of the red area to the green area as the number of squares approaches ... more>>

Kite Construction - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Given some information about the dimensions of a kite, find its ... more>>

Squares Inside Squares - Leigh Nataro
Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. Find the sum of the perimeters of three nesting squares. Imagine that the process of nesting squares continues ... more>>


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