Remember we’ve explored a variety of strategies you can use when approaching any new maths problem.
Your mathematician’s strategy toolbox includes:
 Do I know a similar problem?
 Guess, check and improve
 Try a simpler problem
 Write an equation
 Make a list or table
 Work backwards
 Act it out
 Draw a picture or graph
 Make a model
 Look for a pattern
 Try all possibilities
 Seek an exception
 Break the problem into smaller parts
 and ……………………….
If one way doesn’t work I just start again another way.
For more tips on Working Mathematically: The Process go to the Maths 300 webpage.
How to read and respond to a word based maths problem:
 make your prediction
 list and work through the things you need to clarify such as words , phrases or concepts (include relevant facts and details)
 identify the the BIG question
 decide how you are going to go about solving the problem (include the strategy/ies from the Mathematician’s Toolbox you use
 summarise the process you just went through, remember to word it so you include the initial question with your answer
Key Idea  Interactive Activity 

–Blocks to represent number
–Place Value –Rounding Numbers –Place Value Mystery Numbers 

–Real world integers
–Negative Numbers –Application of Integers –Signed Numbers 

–Numberline 

–Multiples in Pascal’s Triangle 

–Multiplication with Array
–Multiplication Array –Dividing with Array –Introducing Patterns –Exploring Patterns –Multiplication Table –Multiplication Square 

–Prime Number Generator 

–Finding Prime Factors
–Factor Game –Venn Factors –Prime Factor Tree –Factor Tree Calculator 



–Visual Fractions
–Virtual Pattern Blocks 

–OperationsTrainingOperations Testing 

–Adding Decimals
–Adding Fractions 
