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A square dot sheet has equally spaced dots aligned vertically and horizontally. Many interesting investigations can be devised with this simple learning material.

Just imagine, in a routine mathematics class a teacher enters the class room with a colorful board game. Instead of instructing students to take out their math textbooks/note books and setting work for them, he just opens the game board and allows students to play the game. The eyes of the students sparkle and they enjoy playing. Even the back benchers (who generally do not get involved in class room work) come forward to play and give a neck to neck fight to the scholars in the class.

This article consists of two parts. In Part 1, we construct situations or ‘stories’; in solving the problems posed in these narratives, we derive the different formulae. By relating the mathematics to real-life situations, teaching and learning become lively and enjoyable. It is hoped that this method will encourage mathematics teachers to create relevant stories to introduce some topics of mathematics, right from the early years of mathematics education.

An investigation can have a seemingly simple looking problem as its starting point but can lead to lines of inquiry which provide rich insight into a particular area of mathematics. It is important to let children develop their own lines of inquiry, and to have the experience of encountering ‘dead ends.’ In particular, one must not lead their inquiry but provide broad pointers for developing further lines of inquiry.
 
 

Here are some problems for the Middle School. Also find the solutions to the problems given in AtRiA Nov 2013 issue.

Here are some problems for the Middle School. Also find the solutions to the problems given in the AtRiA July 2013 issue.

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