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This guide is a vital tool for all middle and upper primary students who want to be successful maths problem solvers. The book is divided into three sections.

  • Why Solve Problems? Explains which personal skills help you solve problems and what a problem solving cycle looks like.
  • Common Problem Solving Strategies The 8 suggested strategies are: Visualise it, Make a table or graph, Guess and check, Break it into smaller parts, Work backwards, Look for a pattern, Eliminate possibilities.
  • Types of Problems More than 140 sample problems include 1-step, 2-step, more than 2-step, multiple choice and open-ended problems.

The book includes detailed, suggested strategies, as well as TRY THIS and CHALLENGE activities to test your understanding. Answers are at the back of the book. It is suitable for students, teachers and parents working with Stage 2 or 3 students. This Guide is packed full of easy-to-understand explanations, real-life photographs and graphics. The book includes curriculum correlation charts. The book also showcases 7 outstanding male and female problem-solvers from across the world.

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Exploring Graphs, Chance and Data is a companion to the other books in the Exploring Maths series and is suitable for teachers of 5 – 7 year old students.The activities in this 94 page book help you link Number, Space and Measurement across the curriculum. Over 25 action-packed lesson suggestions show you how to manipulate these concepts in fun, practical ways. The book is divided into sequenced units, packed with photocopiable activity resources, discussion starters and reusable worksheets for small groups or a whole class. For example, your students will love to try “Nifty ways to graph with name cards”, ‘Dinosaur Danger” or “That’s not fair”.

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Blake Exploring Maths - Graphs Chance and Data

Exploring 2D Space is part of the Exploring Maths series for teachers of 5 – 7 year olds. Space is one of the most creative maths substrands, with direct links to your visual arts program. It is also packed full of special language that helps your students make sense of their world. This 94 page book includes over 30 action-packed lesson suggestions that show you how to manipulate Space concepts in fun, practical ways. The flexible open-ended activities range from simple to challenging to help you cater for different ability groups. The book is divided into sequenced units, packed with photocopiable playing cards, activity cards and reusable worksheets for small groups or a whole class. For example, your students will love to try “Am I one of these?”, ‘Wiggles” or “Origami Whale”.

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Exploring Maths 2D Space

Exploring 3D Space and Position is part of the Exploring Maths series and is suitable for teachers of 5 – 7 year old students.To help inspire you about the joys of 3D Space and Position, this 94 page book includes over 35 action-packed lesson suggestions that show you how to manipulate Space concepts in fun, practical ways. The flexible open-ended activities range from simple to challenging to help you cater for different ability groups. The book is divided into sequenced units, packed with photocopiable playing cards, activity cards and reusable worksheets for small groups or a whole class to explore for at least a week at a time. For example, your students will love to try “Where does it belong?”, ‘Stack or pack it” or “Lead the way”.

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Exploring Maths 3D Space and Position Sample

Exploring Temperature and Time is part of the Exploring Maths series and is suitable for teachers of 5 – 7 year old students.

Measurement is a practical way to apply number skills to solve problems specific to each student’s stage of development. This 94 page book includes over 30 action-packed ideas for manipulating Measurement concepts in fun, practical ways. The flexible open-ended activities range from simple to challenging to help you cater for different ability groups. The book is divided into sequenced units, packed with photocopiable discussion and activity cards for small groups or a whole class. For example, your students will love to try “How does it feel?”, ‘Turn-a-week” or “Just a minute”.

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Exploring Maths Temperature & Time Sample

Exploring Volume and Mass is part of the Exploring Maths series and is suitable for teachers of 5 – 7 year old students.

Measurement is a practical way to apply number skills to solve problems specific to each student’s stage of development. This 94 page book includes over 30 action-packed ideas for explaining the language of and manipulating volume, capacity and mass concepts in fun, practical ways. The flexible open-ended activities range from simple to challenging to help you cater for different ability groups. The book is divided into sequenced units, packed with photocopiable discussion and activity cards for small groups or a whole class. For example, your students will love to try “Tip it out”, ‘Groceries” or “Mystery Parcels”.

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Exploring Maths Volume & Mass Sample

Exploring Length and Area is part of the Exploring Maths series and is suitable for teachers of 5 – 7 year old students.

Measurement is a practical way to apply number skills to solve problems specific to each student’s stage of development. This 94 page book includes over 35 action-packed ideas for explaining the language of and manipulating length and area concepts in fun, practical ways. The flexible open-ended activities range from simple to challenging to help you cater for different ability groups. The book is divided into sequenced units, packed with photocopiable discussion and activity cards for small groups or a whole class. For example, your students will love to try “Python Parts”, “Meter Monsters” or “Which covers more?”.

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Exploring Maths Length & Area Sample

Multiply and Divide is part of the Excel Maths Early Skills series. It is suitable for a 5 – 6 year old student to use in a small group at school or as an individual at home. This 48 page book helps students understand basic multiplication and division. Your students will learn to recognise and draw equal groups of objects, share objects into equal groups and count in groups of 2, 5 and 10. Throughout this series, students learn to recognise numbers all around them and become more confident in using them. There are 48 coloured stickers to use as rewards once students demonstrate their understandings. For example, your students will love to try “Finding groups of 2”, “Making a fair share of 10s” or “Writing the missing numbers”.

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Learning Numbers to 99 is part of the Excel Maths Early Skills series. It is suitable for a 5 – 6 year old student to use in a small group at school or as an individual at home. This 48 page book introduces your student to the place value with numbers 10 – 99. Your students will revise numbers 1 – 20, count groups of objects from 10 – 99, write numbers to 99 and focus on groups of 10 and extras to 99. Throughout this series, students learn to recognise numbers all around them and become more confident in using them. There are 48 coloured stickers to use as rewards once students demonstrate their understandings. For example, your students will love to try “Find the matching number”, “Guess and count up to 50” or “Writing numbers before and after”.

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Add and Take Away to 20 is part of the Excel Maths Early Skills series. It is suitable for a 5 – 6 year old student to use in a small group at school or as an individual at home. This 48 page book helps your students focus on adding and subtracting to 20. It is most useful for students who have already mastered adding and subtracting up to 10. Your students will revise adding and subtracting to 10, learn to add and subtract numbers to 20 and learn to recognise numbers all around them. All activities are child-centred, fun and easy-to-understand. Student confidence will grow as it all starts to make sense.. There are 48 coloured stickers to use as rewards once students demonstrate their understandings. Your students will love to try “Find the partner to 10”, “Adding missing numbers to 15” or “Taking missing numbers away from 20”.

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