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Games, Ideas and Activities for Primary Mathematics, 2nd Edition by Mr. John Dabell

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Chapter 10

Brain-teasers

Up and down

Up and down is a very thought-provoking investigation that challenges children to use a variety of problem-solving skills.

Suitable for

KS2

Aims

  • Describe ways of solving puzzles and problems, explaining choices and decisions orally or using pictures.
  • Explain reasoning using diagrams, graphs and text.
  • To plan and pursue an enquiry.
  • Explore patterns, properties and relationships.

Players

  • This is an activity suitable for maths buddies or small groups

Resources

  • Pencil and paper
  • Calculators

What to do

  • Introduce the problem to children as a story as follows:A snail crawls 4m up a wall during the daytime. After all the effort of climbing the snail stops for a while to rest and then falls asleep. The ...

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