Challenge Level

By including three different children's starting points, the aim is to encourage learners to be curious about multiple approaches to a task. By reflecting on different ways of solving the problem and talking about them, learners can begin to appreciate the problem-solving journey and not just the answer.

Show the image of the butterflies and flowers to the group and invite children to think about what they see. Give them YOYO time (You On Your Own) before suggesting they talk to a partner. Gather suggestions from the whole group, making sure all comments are valued, even if they appear to be non-mathematical in nature! Encourage other learners to comment on or question their
peers' suggestions so that everyone feels involved.

Once you feel you have established enough information, pose the question orally "Can you find two butterflies to go on each flower so that the butterfly numbers add to the flower number?". Give children time to work on the task in pairs. These cards could be printed and laminated to be used by children. (They can also be useful as a set of cards for matching activities more generally.)

When everyone has found at least a few butterfly and flower groups, draw the class together and explain that you're now going to focus on how they have approached the problem. (You might like to reassure them that there will be more time to complete the task later.) It might be that you can draw on the methods that different pairs of children in the class have used, or you could share the three alternative approaches described in the problem as Zac's, Mona's and Anita's methods. (If the latter, you may want to give out this sheet which includes the problem and all three approaches.) Invite everyone to look at each method and understand it, before facilitating a general discussion about the different approaches. Did any pair use one of these methods? What do they like about each? What do they not like?

Once you feel you have established enough information, pose the question orally "Can you find two butterflies to go on each flower so that the butterfly numbers add to the flower number?". Give children time to work on the task in pairs. These cards could be printed and laminated to be used by children. (They can also be useful as a set of cards for matching activities more generally.)

When everyone has found at least a few butterfly and flower groups, draw the class together and explain that you're now going to focus on how they have approached the problem. (You might like to reassure them that there will be more time to complete the task later.) It might be that you can draw on the methods that different pairs of children in the class have used, or you could share the three alternative approaches described in the problem as Zac's, Mona's and Anita's methods. (If the latter, you may want to give out this sheet which includes the problem and all three approaches.) Invite everyone to look at each method and understand it, before facilitating a general discussion about the different approaches. Did any pair use one of these methods? What do they like about each? What do they not like?

Give time for pairs to continue to work on the problem, but invite them to choose one of the approaches they have heard about, if they so wish. In the plenary, you could ask a couple of pairs to explain why they changed their approach, or not, and/or you could share responses to the questions about the pair of butterflies and flower that were 'left out'.

What can you say about the picture?

How might you start?

What do you get if you choose two butterflies and add them together? What could you do now?

How might you start?

What do you get if you choose two butterflies and add them together? What could you do now?

When children are counting together make sure that the 'teens' are well differentiated from the 'tens', for example, that 'sixteen' is well differentiated from 'sixty'.

Some children respond well to using the counting from Catherine Stern's book "Children Discover Arithmetic". It can be called something like 'Funny Counting'. The numbers between 9 and 22 go, 'onety, onety-one, onety-two... onety-nine, twoty, twoty-one...'. The numbers become quite regular with this counting!