The last few weeks we have been practising our addition skills with some problem solving activities.
The first problem we worked on was this….
The first part we were able to solve quite quickly, however she of us found the other parts to the problem quite challenge. It was important that we had a growth mindset when working out this problem. Some of us showed great persistence and when ever we made mistakes we were able to learn from them because they helped us work out what we needed to change to get the problem solved. Check out some of us explaining how we solved this problem below.
Our next problem solving activity was where we were given a map of Australia with the flight distances to many cities around Australia. We had to use these distances to calculate what the total distance would be to fly to some of these cities around Australia. This was an interesting lesson because not only did we practise the skill of addition but we learnt how far away in kilometers some place are around our country. We began by adding just two distances together because the flight was quite short.
We then were given some extra challenging questions where we had to fly longer distances which included some ‘stop overs’ to other places to get to our final destination. Some flights had two or more choices of the pathway to get to our final destination, so we had to choose which flight would be the shortest and calculate the answer. Here is the map below that we used and some of our working out!
The final challenge was to work out which order we would travel to each capital city that would be the longest distance travelled in total.
Problem solving in maths can be challenging, fun and rewarding. It’s great when the problems challenge us because it means that our brains are growing with all the new knowledge and skills we are using.