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Royal Show Time

Published 5 months ago by Ann Baker


Royal Shows are wonderful maths opportunities!

Breeders show off their farm animals, the best jam or the best cake is judged, not to mention the fashion parades, dancing dogs and the rides and of course the show bags.


So here is a show bag problem.

I last tried this problem out in Canberra and found that the numbers chosen made for some very revealing information about the Year 3-4 class that I was working with.

Show Bags Problematised Situation

As always, I start with a problem:

My friend, the Grade 1 teacher, is going to make show bags with her class. They are going to swap them with the class next door. The class has to make 26 show bags. This is what they have decided to put into each bag:

My friend wants to know how many of each item she needs to buy ready for the show bags. I said you would work it out for her. She also wondered how many items they would be packing altogether.

And then, when the problem solving work is underway, a stretch for the more able in your group ...

A Sting in the Tail

While on the subject of show bags, a hot topic for some data collection...

What should be in a Perfect Show Bag?

Think about how to present your information clearly to the class to see if they agree.

If you try this idea out, expect it to last for more than one lesson, but do send us your ideas with supporting data and we may put it on the blog for others to see. Who knows maybe a manufacturer would listen and next year you might have the perfect show bag.

Want to know more about creating Problemtised Situations to develop your students mathematics skills, your outcomes and to develop practical problem solving in context? Click HERE.

by: Ann Baker

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