Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Why do this problem?
Cuisenaire rods are a fantastic resource for investigating ratio.
The way the problem is written assumes knowledge of the concept of ratio, but Cuisenaire rods could be used to introduce the ideas initially. Children will find it useful to have some "real" rods to use while working on the problem, and the interactivity can be a good medium in which to engage the whole class in initial discussion, perhaps on an interactive whiteboard or using a projector. White
rods (which are unit length) can be used to demonstrate what exactly a ratio of 3:2 means and there is a lot to be talked about in terms of why 3:2 is the same as 6:4, 9:6 and so on.