The idea of problem solving activities often conjures up images of numbers
and objects that have no direct meaning for students other than teaching the
basic problem solving strategies. The blakcline master activities in this book are designed to
present real life problems in a realistic context so as to provide children
with situations in which every day problem solving and comprehension skills
The activities are based around recurring characters who find themselves
exposed to a range of problems that need to be solved; the sorts of problems
that students may one day encounter.
Most pages include a challenge activity, usually an extension of the main
problem, which will further consolidate comprehension skills. Included
throughout the book are brainteaser pages which focus on a particular problem
solving strategy, highlighted at the foot of the page. These brainteasers can
be photocopied and individually glued on to card so as to create a set.
Students might like to think up their own brainteasers to add to the set.