Howdy you all! You know, one of the things I love about people who don't know much about math is that they think that there's always one right answer to a math question. Well, there isn't: the reality is that most math questions (even seemingly simple ones like "how much is 2 + 2?") have answers like "well, it depends." In the case of "how much is 2 + 2, it depends on the base system you're working in: if it was base 3, then the answer would be 11 (1 group of 3 and 1 remainder), or it it was base 4, it would be 10 (1 group of 4 without a remainder.) In bases above 4, it would be 4.
Okay, so this activity is the same but different: there are 42 different task cards which students can choose according to level of difficulty (which is based on the number of the task card - higher numbers = more challenge) and then they have to figure out how many different ways there are to make that amount, and then record it on an answer sheet. Sounds like fun? You betcha!
I made these in two different formats: shades of grey as well as color with just the cutest pink piggy banks you can imagine!
Includes a page of "Do It Yourself" mysteries so your students can (and should) make up their own questions to share with one another.