Number Logic MiniBooks

Problem Sloving MiniBooks - maths teachingHere we have taken the Addition puzzles from Mental Monday's #19 and turned them into a series of mini booklets. This makes them ideal for children to work through at their own pace (perfect for the end of term), they could also be used as 'registration activities', or as a homework project.

The attached pdf file contains four differentiated addition problem booklets, the first two are suitable for early Key Stage 2 and the remaining ones for upper Key Stage 2.

The idea is that the children have to fill the circles with the numbers listed beneath each diagram to make a specific total along the connected lines. If children work together they can share their strategies and ideas. Just like Sudoku, no solutions are given since once the correct arrangement is found the problem is self-checking. Note: some problems have multiple solutions since the arrangements can be reflected.

The download includes full instructions, but here is a quick description of how to fold the miniBooklets:

Follow the instructions a few times and the whole process is very quick and simple. I don’t fold the books for the children, I simply give out the A4 paper and they cut and fold them themselves!

folding a maths puzzle book

1. Print out the relevant A4 page from the pdf file. The bottom four maths problems appear to be printed upside down, this is as it should be.

Note the horizontal line in the middle of the page.

 

 

 

2. Fold in half lengthways (this is a mountain fold)

 

3. Unfold, and then fold in half vertically (another mountain fold). Next, cut along the printed line, from the creased edge to halfway across the ‘page’

 

 

 

 

 

4. Fold the top left-hand side over (a valley fold), repeat this underneath

 

 

 

 

 

folding a maths puzzle book

 


5
. Unfold, the paper should look like this, a zig-zag pattern of folds with a central cut.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Fold in half lengthwise again, as in step 2. The paper will open out like this.

 

 

7. Push the paper in on itself so that the central ‘box’ inverts and you are left with a cross of paper. Gently fold this in half to create the booklet.

 

 

8. Leaf through the booklet to find the front page, you can now adjust the edges a little if necessary and crease neatly.

That's it, the finished booklet.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's the set of four maths MiniBooks printed and folded:

maths teaching - Problem Solving MiniBooks

 

Mathstick+ members - you will find a further pack of 8 Number Logic MiniBooklets on your dashboard under the Key Stage 2 tab. 


I'm confident your children will love working through these problems - post a comment to let me know how they get on, or if you have any thoughts on further adaptations. Also, of course, if you like this maths teaching resource, I’d really appreciate a +1, tweet or a Like. Cheers!

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glyncoop's picture

These look perfect for the

These look perfect for the children's busy task first thing in the morning - they'll love having their own little books to work through. Thanks  
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1Pickle2's picture

I was looking for something

I was looking for something my lower attainers could do independently and this fits the bill. Thank you so much.
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Jodi4288's picture

Saw these on pinterest and

Saw these on pinterest and really love them.
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glitterstar101's picture

Thank you so much for these.

Thank you so much for these. I am pairing these with the sudoku 4x4  task and building on this for an extension. I also love the concept of it being a book which will be a novel idea for the kids and will motivate them when all puzzles are complete. Thank you so much. What a time-saver! I will remember Mathsticks next time I need a resource.
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angiemarti's picture

This year's kids don't seem

This year's kids don't seem to like to use their brain's to think. I will have to offer some type of reward for completing these activities because they are important for kids to be able to solve by thinking about numbers.
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johdu's picture

You could always offer out

You could always offer out Maths Chamion Medals as a reward for marvelous maths work!

John

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gjphilst's picture

Thanks for this. The folding

Thanks for this. The folding of the booklet itself will be a useful activity. I have used Totalines before, but excellent resource nonetheless.
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Ona Jones's picture

Great resource. The children

Great resource. The children loved them and were very pleased when they had solved them.
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newfarmernow's picture

Looks great! Will try with my

Looks great! Will try with my class today to see results. Thanks
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 Fantastic resource. Going to

 Fantastic resource. Going to use this for my year 3s for homework.
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hannspan1's picture

 Excellent resource for

 Excellent resource for independent and morning work when they arrive at school. 
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mallard's picture

 Great for homework and

 Great for homework and independent work. Some simple for less able children which is great.
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 Just what I needed.  A great

 Just what I needed.  A great idea to put them in a little booklet.  Thanks.
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Jane Lipton's picture

This looks like a good

This looks like a good resource to keep them quiet during the early morning activity before the register.
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Clogan's picture

I agree. I am using it for

I agree. I am using it for bell work. I think they will like it.  
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suzyque's picture

First visit to this site and

First visit to this site and I think its fab! Great resources - will use section A for more able children in year 1!
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gepocock's picture

This is a classic resource

This is a classic resource for me, so uch mileage in it, and so adaptable, it has set me thinking of othe ways of doing puzzles. Thanks
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 These look fab, think my

 These look fab, think my year 3 and 4 class will love them! Thank you!
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mjackson174's picture

Fantastic resources. Thank

Fantastic resources. Thank you very much. Really looking forward to trying this out with my class.
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jennifer Lawrence's picture

 I am constantly looking at

 I am constantly looking at ways of making learning maths interesting for my children, I am going to experiment with my boys one in KS1 and the other in KS2 with the booklets.  Will let you know the outcome... May introduce them as PTFA incentives! and will discuss with the head of maths at their school.
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k_e's picture

Fab I've really been looking

Fab I've really been looking for fun ways to challenge my top Yr 2's (better at maths than me lol) and I think they will love these.
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lilvix's picture

a fantastic alternative to

a fantastic alternative to the addition wall
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ceme1958's picture

Will use this with Y6 and ask

Will use this with Y6 and ask them to invent new ones to try on a friend.
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missjeram's picture

A top resource for activities

A top resource for activities straight after lunch, brilliant!  
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johdu's picture

That's great. We will be

That's great. We will be updating the file and adding new ones too. (A small error was noticed in one of the mini booklet pages, so we are in the process of amending that).
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hornetmom3's picture

 These look like great fun!

 These look like great fun! Can't wait to give them a try!
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deeno's picture

 I really like this idea to

 I really like this idea to use for independent work - an exciting challenge.  Thank you.
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themathsguru's picture

Excellent resource.  Maths

Excellent resource.  Maths part aside -I have often used the paper folding part as an icebreaker. The young people make their "8 page booklet" and then can take notes on what they watch/learn over the lesson. Nice way to encourage note taking
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johdu's picture

That's a great idea. Thanks

That's a great idea. Thanks for the comment.
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daisycat's picture

Thank you for sharing. A

Thank you for sharing. A great activity for developing logical thinking.
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