Some students in the Primary Grades need additional math activities that goes beyond calculation skills. **For those kids we need to nurture a love of math while challenging them to deepen their mathematical understanding and thinking skills. ** This month we’ll look at some problem solving involving counting body parts. (really, we’re looking at early multiplication which is repeated addition)

**Don’t forget to use 1 of your 6 problem solving strategies **

- Draw a picture
- Guess and Check
- Use a table or list
- Find a pattern
- Logical reasoning
- Draw a picture Working backwards (try a simpler version first)

**Math Thinking Skills: **What Comes Next?

**Question One**: 3, 6, 9, ___, ___. ___ What numbers go on the lines?

**Question Two**: 8,10,12, ____, ____, ____ What numbers go on the lines?

**Question Three:** Declan started his trip to Poughkeepsie on Sunday with spending money of $20.00. Each day of his vacation he spent $3.00. On Thursday morning, he boarded the train to go back to NYC. He had not spent any money that morning. How much money does he have remaining from his original $20.00? Since he had not spent any money on Thursday, how much money does he have left?

**Question Four**: 2, 5, 9, 14, ____, ____, ____. What numbers go on the lines?

**Question Five**: 5, 50, 500, 5000, 50000 ____ What is the next number in this sequence?

### MATH THINKING **ANSWERS**

**Question One**: 12, 15, 18, Counting by 3’s starting at 12.

**Question Two**: 14, 16 18. Counting by 2’s starting at 8.

**Question Three**: $8.00 remaining. He spent $3.00 on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday for a total spent of $12.00.

**Question Four:** 20, 27, 35 The difference between each number on the line increases by 1, starting with a difference of 3 between 2 and 5.

**Question Five**: Each number is multiplied by 10. Look carefully and you’ll see that each number adds another 0.

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