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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
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 The Big Balloon Blowup
 Leon Roland & class

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help Ulrike and Lars determine the number of balloons in each
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 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
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 Birthday Pictures
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Join Ms. Juncos's fourthgrade team in a comparison of seasons of
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 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
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 Irish Specials
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Calculate the final bill for our St. Patrick's Day dinner last
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 Ms. Newton's Secret
 Jeanne Fitzgerald

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Can you discover the secret of Ms. Newton's
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 Presidential Timepieces
 Mary DeYoung & class

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Develop a sense of time by exploring presidential
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 Seasonal Probability
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Calculate the probability that your birthday falls in a particular season of the
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 Special Stars
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Calculate the number of pipe cleaners Leah used to create a Star of David
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 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
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 The Twelve What of Christmas??
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Have fun with mathematics definitions in this play on a famous holiday
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 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
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 Happy New Year!
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 4. A puzzle for the new year: how is the grid designed?
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 Happy Thanksgiving
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. A logic puzzle to solve the ageold question, "Who will wash the dishes?"
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 A Holiday Gift for Grandmother Brown
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Determine the cost of the dishwasher and the contribution from each of five children.
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 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
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 Pi Day  Let's Eat Cake!
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. In honor of Pi Day we will be comparing the volumes of slices taken from round and rectangular cakes.
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 Pi Day Treats
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Help Mrs. Granville and Mrs. Germain plan a Pi Day
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 Pouring the Punch
 Neil Bress

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. The Refreshments Committee needs to pour exactly four liters of eggnog using only threeliter and fiveliter
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 Rampaging Reindeer
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. How many different ways can Santa's reindeer be
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 Santa's Little Helpers
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Help Santa to solve the puzzle created by the clever elves.
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 Shine On Harvest Moon
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 2. Find the area of the largest circle that can be cut from a nineinch by twelveinch sheet of paper.
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 TrickorTreat Route
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 4. Which of the many possible routes should the Anderson children take on their Halloween trek?
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 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?
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 Wilda's Swamp Water
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Measure 8 quibits of swamp water using only 6quibit and 10quibit
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 HomeMade Valentine Card
 Terry Trotter

Algebra, difficulty level 2. Reuben expresses his affection for his girlfriend by making his own Valentine's Day card, described
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 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
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 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
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 The Straggler Shakes Hands
 Melissa Kennedy, Susan Rose, Ethel Breuche

Algebra, difficulty level 3. There were one hundred fortyone handshakes in all. How many people did the straggler know? This puzzle involves a
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 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.
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 TrickorTreat Box
 Terry Trotter

Algebra, difficulty level 1. Harvey and his classmates make trickortreat boxes in math class and use a special formula to find the
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 Valentine Candy
 Ethel Breuche

Algebra, difficulty level 2. A vendor who sells Valentine candy boxes wants to raise the price. For every twentyfivecent increase he loses two
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 Vinnie Valentine's MixUp
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 4. What is the probability of getting exactly 10 out of 20 valentines to the correct
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 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
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 Trigonometry/Calculus
 Be My Valentine
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 4. Find the areas of two heartshaped
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 An Eggstra Special Problem
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Find the area of a crosssection of an egg given some dimensions of the
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 Five Golden Rings
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 5. Based on the given information, find the volume of five golden
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 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
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 Kite Construction
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Given some information about the dimensions of a kite, find its
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 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
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