This product contains 50 critical-thinking problems that will keep your students building their mathematical reasoning skills all year long!
The 50 problems in this pack are designed to be challenging for your students. They are based on topics covered in the CCSS for grades 3-5, so some problems may be more appropriate for students just developing competencies in these skills, while others may be better suited for higher-skilled students. The goal of these problems is to have students grapple with real-life applications of math while developing their mathematical reasoning skills. Skills covered include operations, logical thinking, money, elapsed time, area, perimeter, and more.
Guide to the Problems (Pages 4-7):
The guide explains the skills used in each of the problems and their difficulty on a scale from 1 (easiest) to 5 (most challenging). Keep in mind that these ratings are just an approximation and may be different for your group of students depending on their skill levels.
Full-Page Problems (Pages 8 – 57)
The full-page problems are perfect for displaying on a “Challenge Problem of the Week” bulletin board, but can also be distributed to individual students.
Answer Key (Pages 58 – 62)
Solutions for all fifty problems are provided in the answer keys.
Half-Page Problems (Pages 62 – 87)
The half-page problems are ideal for individual student use.
Ideas for Use:
Weekly Challenge Problem Board: Each week, a full-page problem can be posted on a weekly challenge board, with half-sheet copies of the problem placed in an envelope. When students complete work early, they can come to the challenge problem, grab an individual copy of the problem, and use their extra time to stretch their mathematical thinking.
Challenge Problem Sessions: Once a week, the whole class could spend math time grappling with one of the challenge problems.
Word Problem Practice: Problems can be woven into your regular math instruction to stretch student thinking and work on skill application.