# More Fun With Problem Solving!

Today in maths, 3/4C enjoyed another problem solving session.

Our school numeracy coach, Mrs Hillbrick, joined in the fun and participated with the 3/4C mathematicians.

Today’s lesson was called “Plants” and was adapted from the NRICH site.

Watch the presentation below to see how the problem unfolds.

The students did a fabulous job of using problem solving strategies. The main strategy the students adopted was “guess, check and improve” and some students moved on to “working systematically“.

Here are the 3/4C mathematicians using counters and Venn diagrams to solve the problem.

All students experienced success by finding multiple solutions. The highest amount of solutions found was 16!

## 7 thoughts on “More Fun With Problem Solving!”

1. Dear Miss Jordan,

I had a great time during our warm up this morning, it was lots of fun. Mrs Hillbrick is a great math coach!

During the maths activity I worked with Elisse and we got 7 solutions. That activity was so so so so much fun.

From Molly

2. Dear 3/4C,

You are amazing problem solvers!
You are able to:
– Read and understand the mathematics in the problem
– Use the strategy of guess, check and improve
– Explore multiple solutions
– Talk about your reasoning.

Thank you for the opportunity to problem solve with you!

Mrs. H

• Dear Miss H,
When you came in and did the plant activity with us I (Will) got 4 done and Calum got 18 done. Calum and I really like the cubes acronym, we think it’s a great way to learn. What is your favourite part of maths and why?
How many other schools do you work with? I (Will) think that you are a great maths coach and we are inspired by you. We really want you to come back to our school.
From Calum and Will

3. Dear 3/4C,
The activity with Mrs Hillbrick was really fun. I love problem solving. The problem solving activity that we did yesterday was especially fun. I hope we do more activities on problem solving later in the year. Thanks to Mrs Hillbrick who helped out in our class with the activity.
From Charlotte.

4. To 3/4C,
Khy and I had around 10 solutions on sharing the 10 plants. I could share my understanding because i understand it alot. I used division quit alot. This activity was so much fun. I really want to do it again.
From Mitch

5. Dear 3/4c

I had I really good time learn the steps of problem solving. I thought it was really challenging but evenculy me and Bruno came up with 8 combinations

From Banjo R

6. Dear 3/4c it was a great math lesson with miss hillbrick me and Will had a great time together we got 4 solutions

I hope we can do it again !

By Lachlan