# Problem Solving Teaching Ideas

Understanding Word Problems - Use your comprehension time to discuss strategies for understanding word problems! Teaching Problems - Some advice and tips for teaching problem solving to children. Bingo Investigation - Maths investigation based around a short play (scripts and information is included). Nim! An interactive version of the popular puzzle game. Contributed by Planet Primary. Magic Squares - Can you children complete these magic squares? <A HREF=" More Resources: Related:  Maker Stuff

Mathematics & Numeracy, Investigations & Word Problems for ks1 & ks2 Line-Ups Instructions for Line-ups These are good fun and can be used at the start of a lesson as a recap or at the end of a lesson as a consolidation. They create a considerable amount of mathematical discussion amongst the children. Give a card to each student; the teacher decides whether the front of the classroom is the smallest number to the back being the largest number; the children have to line up from front of classroom to back in order of their answers. Line-Ups can be played as a two-team race, as long as teachers give out 2 sets of cards labelled A or B or coloured differently; or Line-Ups can be played against the clock - the class has to try to beat its time on the next occasion. Differentiation can be easily achieved, as with all games: by giving certain cards to particular children (i.e. more difficult calculations, concepts or wording) by having team A using easier cards and team B some harder ones and then racing! Line up 1

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Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present KS2 Songs Welcome Teachers, Children and Parents! We've been seeing huge numbers of hits from teachers lately but also a growing number of children and parents logging onto our blog, leaving comments and sharing songs with their friends. Thank you, one and all.This week Mr A, who is becoming more obsessed with funky beats by the day, has a song about fractions to help you understand a complex issue in maths. Wait! Hold on! Download the lyrics Fractions Frrrrractions x2I can't do fractionsYes you can Over half the battle is believingFractions might look tough They might leave you seethingBut just get through these teething problemsAnd keep persistent and resist the thoughtThat fractions are toughBecause you know - you can do itChorus Understand my fractions I understand my fractions, yeah I understand my fractions I understand my fractionsBut what do fractions look like? Now listen to how it's really done! Be sure to come back next Tuesday!

Percentages Worksheets Percentage Basics 1 - illustrates 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% Percentage Basics 2 - illustrates 20%, 10%, 90% and 80% The above sheets can both be cut into three and used for discussion. It may be worthwhile for learners to stick them into their exercise books for reference. They use shaded shapes to illustrate percentages, and give examples of how percentages relate to fractions including hundredths. Percentages, fractions & decimals Learners need to fill in the gaps to show the percentages, fractions and decimals that are represented by shaded squares and circles. answers Circle Percentages Percentages are illustrated here as sectors of circles. Spider Percentages The task here is to work out the percentage of a whole line that a spider has travelled at the points indicated. answers The following 2 worksheets are designed to gently introduce learners to percentages of quantities: Percentages- Shape Shading Three sets of shapes need to be shaded. Percentages- Circle the Dots

Five-Minute Film Festival: Arts Integration Turns STEM to STEAM We have all heard the dire statistics about how we're not preparing American kids for the STEM careers of the future -- but there are many who say that a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math alone is not the answer. What about integrating creativity and the arts as a path to better engagement in, and understanding of, the STEM subjects? Or bring some humanities in, for the (somewhat unfortunate!) Video Playlist: Bringing the Arts Into STEM Education Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. Lasers, Fire, Robots: The Best of STEAM Carnival 2014 (03:03) Full disclosure: I gave to the Kickstarter that helped launch STEAM Carnival. More Resources on STEM to STEAM Not everyone agrees that STEAM makes sense, of course, and not everyone is really doing justice to the concept in their programs.

Free Printable Math Worksheets For Kids Kangaroo Maths - Kenny's Pouch Assessment resources linked to National Curriculum levels ¿Convinced? | Levelopaedia | Level Ladders | Tracking Sheets | Level Descriptors | Assessing Pupils' Progress ¿Convinced? A resource package based on the assessment criteria from Levels 3 to 8, as coded and paraphrased below. Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Levelopaedia Okay, so it's a silly made up word, but we hope that these might prove useful. Level Ladders Written from a teacher's perspective to give a sense of progression through the National Curriculum levels in each of the topic areas below. Tracking Sheets To be used in conjunction with the interactive schemes of work, these sheets allow pupils to record their success level against specified assessment criteria and track their own progress. Level Descriptors APP assessment criteria: The nationally agreed assessment criteria for assessing pupils' progress (A3 format)Level descriptor sheets: The above assessment criteria in a single level to a page format.

VoiceThread Portfolios: Capturing the Creative Process - My VoiceThread This is a guest post by educator and VoiceThreader Jonathan Lewis. As a classroom teacher, sound assessment practices have always been a challenge, especially as we strive towards meeting the diverse needs of all of our learners. This challenge becomes even more complex due to differentiation, descriptive feedback, and the diverse technological tools our students are using to communicate their learning. As a teacher trying to navigate through the tsunami of student information flying at you, efficiency becomes the key to employing the tech tools that are going to best support the process of learning. It is NOT device dependent.It can handle multiple file/media formats.Has a simple, innovative interface.Creates opportunities for meaningful learning. I’m learning that you can weigh a tool’s intuitiveness by the reactions of a first time user. VoiceThread is a tool that comes alive once added to. VoiceThread’s open, yet structured format has been its greatest asset in my classroom.