## Math Quest and Problem-Solving

Students will be practicing various problem solving strategies for solving math problems. We will choose from Guess and Check, Table or Chart, Work Backwards, Look for a Pattern, Draw a Picture, or Act it Out. during class students will work in teams of 3, but they will work individually outside of class.

Students will have a HW sheet. This is not optional. Please sign it before Monday of each week. Your child will receive a stamp each time he/she comes to class prepared. These stamps may be traded in at the prize box at the end of each quarter. This way you, your child, and I will know how the quarter is progressing.

Made-up problems must:

Have a Strategy Title

Clearly uses the title strategy. Complexity is good.

Have the solution on the back—clear and correct.

Be neat

**There will be math homework each week outside of class.**HW will be in two parts. Part one is to solve prepared questions that will practice the strategy of the week. Students may earn 3 points per problem. One for showing all work neatly and labeled, one for checking, and one for also getting it right. Part two is to create an original math problem based on the strategy of the week using a prescribed rubric. This can earn each child up to five more points for him/herself and for the whole team. There are more parts of this simulation that use the points that are earned by the team in various ways. The two teams with th emost points, one from each section, will earn a sundae party.Students will have a HW sheet. This is not optional. Please sign it before Monday of each week. Your child will receive a stamp each time he/she comes to class prepared. These stamps may be traded in at the prize box at the end of each quarter. This way you, your child, and I will know how the quarter is progressing.

**Math Quest Homework: Make a table or chart. Do questions 1-10. Make up a problem that is either guess/check OR table/chart. See rubric below.**

Homework:

Homework:

Made-up problems must:

Have a Strategy Title

Clearly uses the title strategy. Complexity is good.

Have the solution on the back—clear and correct.

Be neat

**Example:****Make a Chart**

*If you have a box full of ants and spiders, and there are 25 heads and 170 legs, how many ants and how many spiders are in the box?*

Number of Ants2524 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 |
Total Number of Heads2525 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 |
Total Number of Legs150152 154 156 158 160 162 164 166 168 170 172 174 176 178 180 182 184 186 188 190 192 194 196 198 200 |
Number of Spiders01 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 |

The solution to the problem is 15 ants and 10 spiders.