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Problem-solving Investigations - Year 3
Problem-solving investigations provide a fun, stimulating context in which children can develop and exercise their ability to reason mathematically and think creatively. They provide extra skills practice and also provide a real challenge if the skill itself is proving undemanding for some children.
These problems are designed to help children identify patterns, explore lines of thinking and investigate properties of numbers, shapes and measures. They can be used alongside the Hamilton plan for the week or independently. The teacher instructions for the whole term are collated in the Overview. Ruth's Advice gives some background and tips for using these investigations with your pupils.
Children put counters on a place value grid to make three-digit numbers, and then use logic to ensure they have made all combinations.
Children use the magic square to generate two-digit numbers and explore difference patterns. They use logic to ensure they have found all possible combinations.
Children subtract two-digit from three-digit numbers, by counting up, and look out for patterns in the numbers.
Hands and fingers (1): Children test a theory finding and using accurate measurements to the nearest half centimetre. Yukky food (2): Children use the skills of recording and analysing data to work out which food the class hate most!
Children look at fractions and make a hypothesis of which ones are closest. They then test this out by placing fractions on a line.
Children use their knowledge of inverse operations to solve a logic problem.
Children subtract the digital root of a three-digit number from that three-digit number. They think logically to try different options.
Children add pairs of three-digit numbers and look for patterns in the digital roots of the answers.
Children use mirrors and analogue clocks. They look at mirror images and record pairs of times using the digital format.
Children work together to reason and think logically to crack a code. They practise mental multiple and division strategies.
Children find numbers between 50 and 100 which they can divide by 4. They halve each number twice to find out.