Common Sense Review
Updated June 2014

NRICH: Lower Primary - School Maths Topics

Through creative exploration, kids practice important math skills
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Common Sense Rating 4
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  • Explore multiplication and division with creative interactive problems.
  • Kids are encouraged to solve problems in many different ways.
  • Each problem includes helpful suggestions and implementation tips for teachers.
  • Some activities, like this sharing game, include online interactive elements.
  • Some problems need to be solved offline, through group work and in-class exploration.
Mieke VanderBorght
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

Early elementary students can use these math problems to focus on concepts like numbers, shape, position and movement, handling data, and measures -- categories are further divided into subcategories (e.g., number = multiplying and dividing, why 10 is important, and so on). The math problems and teacher support are superb and get top marks; however, navigation can be unwieldy and a bit text-heavy. Teachers should take full advantage of the resources, suggestions for use, and idea banks, but may want to give some of the problems to kids offline. If kids explore the site themselves (to use the interactive elements, for example), teachers should give specific instructions or lots of guidance. Use these problems as prompts to help your kids dive into new math topics, or use them as practice after introducing and teaching a new concept. Individual kids or groups can present their solutions and problem-solving strategies to the class. Have students of different abilities collaborate as they work, and explore the different problem-solving strategies they employ.

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