Posts tagged problem solving

Place Value Progression and Activities

I have also produced progression documents for place value.

  • Place Value

Remember, if you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work. To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT Place Value. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

And here are 3 Place Value activities as a taster…

  • 5 digit number mystery
  • Fast Track

Year 4 Digit Sum (plan)

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Shape, Angle and Position Progression and Activities

I have uploaded several shape activities already and you can download activities and smartboard files from the tes website by following this link.

I have also produced progression documents for 2D shapes, 3D shapes, angles and position and movement.

  • 2D shape
  • 3D shape
  • Angles
  • Position and Movement

Remember, if you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work. To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT 2D shape, LT 3D shape, LT angles or LT position and movement. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

  • 2d shape mobiles puzzles (zids and zods)
  • Reflective symmetry in regular polygons

And here is a great pentomino activity…

  • Pentomino

Click on the picture to link to an interactive file from NGFL CYMRU.  When I introduced it to my class, I began with this activity:

Children invetsigated all by finding all 12 pentominoes using square paper provided below, then sorted onto Venn diagram: Net of open cube, at last 1 line of symmetry. Finally, they solved the attached puzzles:

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Finding All Possibilities Progression and Activities

Do you remember the problem solving materials that were produced looking at the progression in finding all possibilies problems?

 

Here is the document I produced to support teachers with developing the skills neededs to solve finding all possibilities problems. If you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work.

To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT Finding All Possibilities 1. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

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Finding Rules and Describing Patterns Progression and Activities

A while ago, some draft materials were produced that looked at the progression in finding rules and describing patterns.  The birthday candles problem fits in well with the consecutive number activities discussed in the challenging more able children post.

Because I am interested in trying to develop problem solving right across the school, I used the primary framework for mathematics to support teachers at school get a better understanding of progression by pulling out examples for each year group. I then produced a document that linked the progression documents to guidance materials and activities.

The result is a series of word documents that hyperlink to smartboard files, worksheets and interactive teaching materials to help plan and teach maths in a more systematic way throughout school.

Here is the document I produced to support teachers with finding rules and describing patterns.If you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work. You need to click here, then download the complete zipped file.

To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT patterns, sequences and rules. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

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Christmas puzzles

We have finished our ‘How to train your dragon’ topic and have turned our attention to Christmas. I have put together some maths puzzles to end the term, which revisit all the puzzles the children have been introduced to over the term. (Click on the pictures to access the puzzles)

  • 12 Days of Christmas

  • Mazes

  • Presents

  • Wangdoodles

I have added simple, whole pound examples, and more difficult decimal examples. Children in my class are in transition between guess and test strategy and more systematic tick chart method explained in the draft logic problem materials for kieran’s cats.

Shape puzzles

 

  • Maisie Mouse

  • Zids and Zods

  • Nicknames

I have also uploaded Christmas themed digit cards, which can be use to solve problems such as magic square puzzles, card sharp puzzles, e.g.

You can also access smartboard files and further ideas and activities linked to digit cards here.

Year 2 activities: http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Year-2-Christmas-Maths-6146500/

Year 4 activities:http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Key-stage-2-Christmas-Maths-Puzzles-6147071/

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African animals

Last year, following a trip to South Africa over the half term, I did a topic on African animals. I found the nuffield D and T unit on ‘how will your beast move its mouth very helpful. I have already uploaded several of the activities I used, but I have organised them all here under 1 post. I have also added smartboard files to accompany activities onto TES website:

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Susie Snake, Maisie Mouse and other remainder puzzles

This type of puzzle is one of my class’s favourites. We tried it for the first time as an optional puzzle when we were learning about the Viking history of Gainsborough. It proved to be so popular that we have revisited a few times since in different contexts. Because the strategy to solve it requires you to talk about grouping and remainders, it is an excellent, concrete context for teaching division by drawing groups, and reinforcing the link between division and multiplication.

The class have got quite sophisticated now, that for most of them it is about number sequences more than division, and they can confidently work with multiples up to 10, with remainders up to 9 and with grouping numbers up to 100.

Here are the contexts we have met the problem in so far. Notice the first puzzles use the clues from Susie snake, the second uses the clues from Maisie mouse.

Vikings

African animals

Christmas

Robots

Healthy eating

Skeletons

Tudors

In writing these puzzles, I found this interactive on Nrich.maths.org very helpful. Click on the picture to follow the link.

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