Addison and the Advent Calendar - For Highly Able Math Students
Looking for problems that promote group discussion and team work? How about data gathering, organization and analysis? Or, the really important one, using writing in math to explain solutions! These are problems that do just that! The investigations can be used with students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Students will problem solve at different levels using different strategies. Less experienced students should be encouraged to use a calendar and different letters to represent children. They can collect and organize data once they have a working model. The standards should not limit content or academic rigor for high ability learners; however, there are some connections to best practice for gifted learners and the CCSS that are addressed with these problems. Required thinking skills: Analysis, Synthesis
This product includes four problems that might be used in a learning center or as a differentiated activity for students who require opportunities for higher level thinking and opportunities to work with academic peers.
More advanced students may use their knowledge of the factor x factor = product to discover the answer and then use patterns to predict the answer when the number of siblings changes.
The problems are based on repeated addition or basic multiplication facts. Older children may analyze the meaning of the remainder in division problems. Gifted students may develop equations on their own by studying the patterns found in organized charts. They should be encouraged to try.