One important math concept that children begin to learn and apply in elementary school is reading and using a table.
This is essential knowledge, because we encounter tables of data all the time in our everyday lives!
Two statements that can be found in almost any math curriculum are: Students learn best if they are actively involved in their learning.
Students should be able to apply various strategies to solve problems.
Once the pattern has been identified, the students can predict what will happen next and then continue the pattern to find the correct solution.
Working backwards is an excellent strategy to use when the final outcome of the problem has already been given.
This problem solving unit covering “Make a List or Table” is one of 9 units focusing on 8 problem solving strategies plus a series of Mixed Problems in which students decide on the most appropriate strategy to solve each problem.
The colorful graphics in each unit are specially designed to interest and motivate the students to try the problems.
I have used them with the classes that I've worked with in KS2 to great effect.
Giving children the experience of using these maths problem solving strategies will provide themv with a really useful toolkit for their maths arsenal as well as making them more confident when presented with a maths problem.