Carole Greenes, Ed.D. is Professor Emerita, Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. More About CaroleCarole's Creative Puzzles, Problems, and Tasks

Math is everywhere. Check out this fun Supermarket Math problems.

Check out this fun Polygon Point Count problems.

Check out this fun Cross Number Puzzle.

Carole's Commentary

For years, I have heard educators say, “Too much text distracts from the math. Remove text/context to simplify and focus on key concepts and skills.” In my experience, Context-rich problems motivate reading, problem solving, collaborating, and verifying solutions... READ MORE

Carole's Connections to MathLinks

Defend Your Opinion is an algebra puzzle that uses balance scales to set up thinking for equation solving. As an added twist, the solver must decide if statements about the puzzle by students are true or false and explain their reasoning. This puzzle stands alone or makes a nice enhancement to Expressions and Equations 1 from MathLinks Essentials.

Carole's Gift to You

Use pattern clues to complete grids. Develop critical thinking, spatial thinking, creativity, and persistence! Pattern Grid-unLocks By Carole Greenes and Tanner Wolfram

Play it Positively and Negatively By Carole Greenes and Tanner Wolfram

Alge-Grid: What's the a? By Carole Greenes and Tanner Wolfram

Great Ideas from the MathLinks Team

Picture Talks are short activities for discussion. They are designed to elicit multiple strategies and provide opportunities to reason about relationships. For Grades 5 and up.

Check out this fun Four in a row game.

Carole's CUDI (Can You Do It?) Challenge

Hey Puzzle Lovers! Here's another CUDI #2 puzzle that will tap into your logical reasoning talents and your recognition of different types of numbers. Once you start, you most likely won’t want to stop! And, if you like this puzzle, we invite you to take the CUDI Challenge and create one for publication in a CUDI online book.


April 2021


Welcome to Carole’s Corner!

CMAT is honored that Carole Greenes is joining our CMAT team as a distinguished contributor. I personally met Carole when she wrote and directed the 50th anniversary musical celebration for NCSM. Her energy and spirit are contagious, and now Carole is part of the CMAT family.

We are so excited that Carole will be sharing some of her engaging puzzles, projects, tasks, and wisdom with all of us through Carole’s Corner. Every month, Carole will share her thoughts of the moment in Carole’s Corner. We also will post some of Carole’s activities, puzzles, tasks, and projects, with connections to MathLinks materials. Carole would like these selected materials (and solutions) to be free to you, so download, enjoy yourself, and use with your students!


Thank you, Carole,

Shelley Kriegler
President, Center for Mathematics and Teaching