I use these math problems to review problem solving strategies at the end of the year. In particular we focus on : tree diagrams, organized lists, t-charts, choose an operation and making a picture.
How to use the problems:
I project the problem on the whiteboard – read through the problem and have students work with a partner or independently to solve the problem. Students share their thinking with each other and we meet as a large group to discuss effective and efficient strategies and solutions.
You could also print the problem pages off as a posters to post or regular size for student pairs to use.
You could have all of the students working on the same problem or have students work on the problems in a rotation.
The mini-cards could be used for early finishers, as a math rotation or individual assessment.
As a follow-up students can create their own ice cream math problem.
They can also design their ideal ice cream treat.
This product contains:
*3 problems on combinations
*8 additional problems
*12 task cards with word problems
*Student recording sheets
*Blank problem pages for students or teachers to create additional problems
*Page for students to create their ideal ice cream treat
I use the making combinations word problem on our “Ice Cream Day” at the end of the year. We do an ABC Countdown to the end of the year and “I” is for Ice Cream day. Students work on the word problems and later in the day I set up an ice cream sundae buffet – I do not include all of the options from the word problems : ) but it is still a fun treat.