The Smarties-Box Challenge: Supporting systematic approaches to problem solving

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    The four proficiency strands are employed in this mathematically rich estimation task which combines estimation skills and multiplicative thinking within a challenging problem solving context. Can your students work out how many Smarties there might be in the Smarties-box? The Smarties-Box Challenge encourages students to apply several different mathematical capabilities and concepts—such as, estimation, multiplication, and the notion of being systematic—to solve a complex, multistep problem.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-40
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian Primary Mathematics Classroom
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Mathematics Education
    • Problem Solving
    • Multiplicative Thinking
    • Mathematical Proficiency

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