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Written by Lynne Stephenson. Illustrated by Rod Jefferson. © Ready-Ed Publications - 1996. Published by Ready-Ed Publications (1996) P.O. Box 276 Greenwood W.A. 6024 Email: info@readyed.com.au Website: www.readyed.com.au COPYRIGHT NOTICE Permission is granted for the purchaser to photocopy sufficient copies for non-commercial educational purposes. However, this permission is not transferable and applies only to the purchasing individual or institution. ISBN 1 87526 824 3

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Book 1 Contents Page ACTIVITIES

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Section 1 - Developing Logical Thinking

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Section 2 - Using Number Concepts To Develop Logical Reasoning An Insect Collection Surrounded By Numbers Shape Count Masked Numbers Matchstick Construction Mystery Number Balloons For Sale Dress Up The Scarecrow Tabby’s Food

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Which Dog Belongs To The Smiths? Which Child is Going To The Circus Tomorrow? Help Sam Find Harry’s House Luke’s Caterpillars A Running Race Sports Puzzle Time For Games Playing Cards

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Teachers’ Notes This Problem Solving Maths set represent a response to current syllabus trends and the considerable emphasis which is placed on the development of problem solving skills in primary school students. Essentially activities are designed to interest and stimulate children in the 6 - 9 years age range. They are presented as Blackline Masters which are able to be photocopied for use in the classroom.

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A variety of factors will be considered by a teacher when he/she plans a unit of work including, aspects such as the previous problem solving experience of the students, their level of ability and the resources available. The use of an appropriate teaching strategy is often an area of concern when undertaking to implement a different emphasis in a new syllabus. The following considerations may assist:

* Time taken to solve the problem prior to presenting it to students often proves to be valuable. It provides the opportunity ...

- to be fully aware of the requirements of the problem; - to attempt the solution using a variety of problem solving strategies; - to reduce the problem into stages with appropriate hints for students to use, rather than giving an answer; - to identify possible alternative solutions and their acceptability; - to evaluate the suitability of the activity to the particular class, group or individual.

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* Initially problem solving activities could be worked through step-by-step with the students. This provides a framework which individuals can use when required to work more independently. Further, it may reduce the frustration at times encountered by mathematically able students or creative thinkers who experience difficulty with reading. During these initial sessions a teacher is able to demonstrate a plan or procedure such as the one below which students can follow, e.g.

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S Step 1 Read and discuss the problem. S Step 2 Think about it. S Step 3 Ask questions about it. S Step 4 Try and use a strategy. S Step 5 Check the answer. Working through a number of problems in a structured, step-by-step approach allows students to become familiar with a range of problem solving strategies: - estimating - simplifying the problem - organising information into lists, table, etc. - drawing pictures or diagrams - identifying patterns - predicting - thinking logically - evaluating the strategy used, the solution - checking results - working backwards

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For convenience the booklet has been divided into four sections. In each section a particular aspect of problem solving is in focus, although it is recognised that a great deal of overlap exists. It is felt that more effective use would be gained by selection of activities from each section rather than working through the package in page number sequence. Generally, within each section a number of similar activities have been provided in order that skills can be introduced and consolidated. Sections are headed by a brief summary of the skill being covered in the pages to follow.

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Section 1 Developing Logical Thinking The activities in this section encourage the ability to think clearly and to reason logically. A number of activities require students to organise their information in table format, i.e. matrix logic problems.

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Which Dog Belongs To The Smiths?

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Understanding and applying mathematics.

Which Child Is Going To The Circus Tomorrow? Use the clues below to help you decide.

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Shape and space: Properties of 2D shapes.

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Help Sam Find Harry's House

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Luke’s Caterpillars

Understanding and applying mathematics.

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A Running Race

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Sports’ Puzzle

Understanding and applying mathematics. Data handling.

Sally, Ricky, Erin, Toni and Paul each have a favourite sport. No two children have the same favourite. Which sport is the favourite of each child?

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Time For Games

Problem Solving Maths Book 1 Understanding and applying mathematics.

Some children have finished their work. Four of them decide to play a card game.

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Playing Cards

Problem Solving Maths Book 1 Understanding and applying mathematics.

Cameron and Ross are new children to the class. They are the only twins in the room. Two girls ask the boys to play cards. The boys are keen to join in and make new friends.

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Section 2 Using Number Concepts To Develop Logical Reasoning

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This section places emphasis on the application of number and measurement skills in logical thinking activities. Appearing on the top right corner of many of the worksheets is a calculator symbol indicating that a calculator is a useful aid in completing the activities on the page. Students require a basic level of understanding and skills in the use of a calculator.

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Making sense of number problems. Data handling.

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An Insect Collection

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Surrounded By Numbers

Making sense of number problems. Reasoning about nos.

1. Add the number above the car to the number under the truck.

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Shape Count

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Masked Numbers

Making sense of number problems. Solving no. puzzles.

Calculate the ‘number values’ of the masks below.

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Problem Solving Maths Book 1 Making sense of number problems. Solving no. puzzles.

Matchstick Construction Chris and James enjoy making shapes using coloured matchsticks. For extra fun they give the different colours a number -

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pink matchsticks are worth 1, yellow matchsticks are worth 2, blue matchsticks are worth 3, plain (not dyed) matchsticks are worth 4.

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Mystery Number

Problem Solving Maths Book 1 Making sense of number problems. Solving no. puzzles.

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Problem Solving Maths Book 1 Making sense of number problems. Problems in 'real life'.

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Section 3 Developing Visual Imagery

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This section of the book includes activities which develop skills of copying, distinguishing features, and changing or reconstructing diagrams or models. Concrete activity is a vital component and should be encouraged as part of the problem solving process.

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Shapes In Shapes

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Look carefully at the shapes below. Use different coloured pencils to outline each shape as you find it.

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Triangles in Shapes

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Trying Triangles

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Folding Rectangles

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R Here are pictures of my three cats. In how many different ways can I paste them in my photograph album?

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A Day At The Beach

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Tanya can’t decide what to take to the beach. She has a green towel and a blue towel, a red bathing costume and a black bathing costume.

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R Use your colouring pencils to show the four different outfits Tanya could wear.

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Block Patterns

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R Make these patterns using unifix cubes. Complete them on the spaces or over the page. 1.

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R Make up a pattern of your own. Draw it on another piece of paper. R Colour the cubes to show the patterns. Page 36

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Shape and space: position, direction, movement and angle.

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Grid Patterns - 2

Shape and space: position, direction, movement and angle.

R Complete each line of patterns. Copy the pattern underneath. Colour the patterns. . .

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Answers dog top right

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Barry

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bottom left

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on plant - bottom line left; on wall - mddle line left.

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Sue came second.

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Sally - tennis; Ricky - baseball; Erin cricket; Toni - basketball; Paul - rugby.

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Dog 27 bird 25 elephant 44 cat 58 pink square, yellow square, pink rectangle, blue rectangle or rectangle with blue short ends and yellow and plain longer ends. 6-3 10 - 4 20 - 5

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jacket, trousers jacket, t-shirt, hat trousers, t-shirt, hat trousers, boots boots, t-shirt, hat

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P23 1. biscuits, saucer of milk or 5 saucers of milk. 2. can of food, saucer of milk or 5 bowls of biscuits & saucer of milk or 25 saucers of milk. 3. 2 saucers of milk or half a bowl of biscuits 4. can, biscuits, 2 saucers of milk or can, 1 1/2 bowls biscuits or 1 can, 6 saucers of milk or 6 bowls biscuits, 2 saucers of milk 5. The most common answer is 5. Other answers may be acceptable if alternative combinations of food are used. Check for adding accuracy. 6. $7.00 P25 1. 14 2. 18 3. 13 4. 29 P26 diamond-2 hexagon-6 parallelogram-3 triangle-9 P27 1. 2 2. 6 3. 8 4. 12 5. 10 P28 1. 1 2. 4 3. 4 4. 12 P29 1. 8 2. 6 3. 6 4. 10 5. 5 6. 10 P30 1. 12 2. 10 3.16 4. 17 5. 19 6. 27 P31 1. c 2. d 3. e 4. b 5. a P32 1. e 2. c 3. a 4. b 5. d P34 There are 6 different ways they could be ordered ACB CAB BCA CBA BAC ABC P35 1. Green towel and red bathing costume. 2. Green towel and black bathing costume. 3. Blue towel and red bathing costume. 4. Blue towel and black bathing costume.

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