These problems have been organized for you, the coach, by difficulty, with the easiest problems listed first. The first 6 problems are developmental and train the student to approach the problem and to investigate possible solutions, while not being extremely difficult. Such problems allow the coach/teacher to concentrate on the other aspects of problem solution that 5th and 6th graders typically find difficult: communicating their thinking, examining more than 1 strategy, checking their results.
The first problem, the peanut problem, is especially good to start students with because:
Problem | Difficulty | Problem Statement | Team Response Sheet | Scoring Guide | |
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Easy Problems | |||||
1 | Peanut Problem | Easy | Problem | ||
2 | Cactus Problem (Version 1) |
Easy | Problem | ||
3 | Farmer Problem (New Version #1) |
Easy | Problem | ||
4 | Spinner Problem | Easy | Problem | ||
5 | Circle Problem | Easy | Problem | ||
6 | Farmer Problem (New Version #2) |
Easy to Moderate | Problem | ||
Moderate Problems | |||||
7 | Farmer Problem (Version 2) | Moderate | Problem | ||
8 | Cell Phone Problem | Moderate | Problem | ||
9 | Cactus Problem (Version 2) | Moderate | Problem | ||
10 | Tiles Game Problem (Version 1) | Moderate | Problem | ||
11 | Mango Problem | Moderate | Problem | ||
12 | Great Escape Problem | Moderate to Difficult | Problem | ||
13 | Monkey Diet Problem (Version 1) |
Moderate to difficult | Problem | ||
Difficult Problems | |||||
14 | Furniture Problem | Difficult | Problem | ||
15 | Monkey Diet Problem (Version 2) |
Difficult | Problem | ||
16 | Tiles Game Problem (Version 2) |
Difficult | Problem | ||
17 | Phone Tree Problem (Version 1) |
Difficult | Problem | ||
18 | Phone Tree Problem (Version 2) |
Difficult | Problem | ||
19 | Tiles Game Problem (Version 3) |
Very Difficult | Problem | ||
20 | Tiles Game Problem (Version 4) |
Very Difficult | Problem | ||
21 | Greenhouse Problem | Very Difficult! | Problem | ||