- allow kids to work at their individual levels of comfort, with choices of problem-solving strategies and techniques.
- encourage kids to answer the question and learn from the answer.
- allow open-ended solutions.
- go beyond merely practicing computational skills.
- allow kids to explore divergent ways of thinking.
- provide opportunities for small group or whole class work and discussion.
- capture kids' natural interest.
- draw upon the wealth of children's literature and of creative writing itself.

**Geometry.**Cinderella would like to decorate the castle with new tapestries. Which geometric designs will she choose? Why does she like these geometric shapes? How will she organize the patterns? Draw examples of her new tapestries.**Number and Operations.**Cindy had seven beautiful ball gowns. She sewed satin lace onto some of them. How many gowns had the new lace? How many did not? Is she planning any other alterations for her gowns?**Measurement.**Cindy's two stepsisters need new dresses for the Christmas ball. How tall is each stepsister? How much fabric will each sister need for a new ball gown? What other matching accessories do Cindy's sisters need?**Data Analysis.**The royal chef is creating the Christmas banquet menu. He will prepare five favorite dishes. Which ones will he serve? How much of each dish will be needed to serve how many people?

- Write stories incorporating open-ended mathematical questions. Have kids read the story and respond to each question as it appears in the gist of the story. For a large collection of creative writing prompts, click here.
- Use a weighted math journal rubric to score student-written stories, focusing not only on the traits of good writing, but also on mathematical concepts.
- Center creative writing in math journals around kids' favorite activities and settings. Favorite activities run to bowling, movies, comics, group play, puzzles and maps, bikes and skateboards, arts, crafts, and journaling, video games, television, and the Internet. Favorite settings include caves, castles, amusement and water parks, circuses, skating rinks, the theatre, oceans, islands, beaches, jungles, zoos, and foreign lands.

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