In the maths lessons I'd like to do some 'problem solving'-type questions. Does anyone know of a good online resource which offers some examples of these? I think I might also try to explain some basic proofs, e.g. that there is no greatest prime number. (That's pretty advanced for kids so young, I know, but I think they could manage it. There's really just two things I'd need to explain: (1) factorials, which would be easy enough, and (2) why (k*n + 1) is guaranteed to

*not*be a multiple of n. This would be slightly trickier, but not excessively so, I don't think.)

As for science, I think I'd quite like to explore the conceptual side of things in more detail, rather than just doing lots of exercises (which are effectively just applied maths, after all). So again, any resources which might help here would be much appreciated. Also, to give them a taste of the practical aspect, a few "baking soda & vinegar" type experiments would probably be a good idea too.

So... any ideas?

There are some interesting mathematical problems collected here by Brad DeLong, and more suggestions in the comments here.

Blar

ReplyDeleteIf you want to introduce them to binary, you could try the 'counting past 1000 on your fingers' thing that you liked on my blog, let's see, here.

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Great links! I'll definitely be using your neat binary trick, and the Monty Hall problem too now that I'm reminded by one of DeLong's commenters...

Richard

ReplyDeleteAnd on the science side, I got an email from Kate Cooper recommending grossology.

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A good resource for the kind of problems you're looking for is cut-the-knot.org.

Kevin Saff

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