Why do this problem?
provides practice in addition and subtraction and in an arithmetic sequence. Learners will need to use a systematic approach of trial and improvement. Although the problem does not require the use of symbols it does encourage the use of generalising patterns.
Is there and odd or even number of cherries?
What would be a good number to try for a start?
How many cherries does Susie eat during each round of helping herself to pair, pair, single cherries?
How many extra single cherries are there in the bowl after each round?
Can you think of a good way of recording what you have done?
Can you see any patterns in it?
Learners could try Magic Vs
Suggest using some pairs of multilink cubes (or counters) to represent the cherries. Start with a low even number and continue with increasingly higher even numbers until it works out.