# Tag Archives: problem solving

## Idea 270: FREE Differentiated Word Problem Challenge Sheets

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE This is a set of three challenge sheets I made to evidence problem-solving skills against the 2017 ITAF for Year 2. Base Camp aligns with the ITAF 2017 Working Towards statement “The pupil can count in … Continue reading

## Idea 259: FREE Resources for Money Problem Solving Lesson: “11 Secret Ways to Make 10p”

This was a fun and practical lesson I did recently looking at money. Firstly, in pairs children tried to find the 4 different combinations to make 5p, which are: 5p 2p+2p+1p 2p+1p+1p+1p 1p+1p+1p+1p+1p I put this up on the board … Continue reading

## Idea 253: Place Value ‘Elimination Problem-Solving’ Differentiated FREE Resource

This makes a good problem-solving lesson when you have been covering place value. Each sheet contains a grid of numbers. Your ‘secret agent’ pupils must use the clues provided to help them to eliminate numbers until only one number is … Continue reading

## Idea 237: Multiplication Grid Paired Task

I did this activity with my Year 2 class after we’d used (completed) multiplication grids to self-check answers to multiplication questions. Children worked in pairs to take turns adding one number into the multiplication grid until it was complete. LOTS … Continue reading

## Idea 219: Year 2 Multiplication Problem Solving RallyCoach Lesson

This was a problem-solving lesson I did with my Year 2 after a week on looking at multiplication as repeated addition and drawing arrays. I did this as a rally coach, with each pair having a sheet between them and … Continue reading

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## Idea 217: Problem Solving Lesson With Number Lines, ‘Find the Fibs!’

I showed the children a number line, then added in the numbers in green. Children could work with a partner to discuss which numbers they thought were not in the right place. We had a discussion about HOW they were … Continue reading

## Idea 216: ‘Number Elimination’. Problem Solving Lesson With Place Value, Activity for All Primary Ages

Sometimes (rarely!) I get a bit of a creative spark for a lesson which actually works out, and that’s exactly what happened here! I made grids of numbers for my children along with a list of instructions for how to … Continue reading

## Idea 159: Battleships-Style Maths Game Problem Solving

Another idea I used on my PGCE course; this idea is flexible and can be used with a lot of levels with a few quick modifications. Tell your class you have thought of a secret three-digit number, where each digit … Continue reading