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Seven Pots of Plants

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Seven Pots of Plants

There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels.

7 pots

Perhaps you can help re-label them.

7 labels with letters A to G

F and G have wide pots.
C, E and F have just one flower.
B and D have tall pots.
B and E have blue flowers.

Can you do it?

Why do this problem?

This problem requires logical thought and clear thinking rather than any mathematical knowledge or calculation. Learners will benefit from working on it in pairs so that they are able to talk through their ideas with a partner. This sheet should be useful for working on. Colouring the flowers might be helpful.

Key questions

Why not number the pots so they are easier to talk about?
Would it be a good idea to sort out what facts you really know?
Why not pencil in the possible letters by the pots even if it might apply to more than one flower?

Possible support

Pupils could use this sheet, colouring the flowers and then pencilling in the possible letters by the pots.