 Math Focus 4  Student Centre • Surf for More Math • Try It Out • Web Quests  Teacher Centre  Parent Centre     # How Many Valentines?

## INTRODUCTION

Many people think of mathematics as the study of number patterns. Recognizing number patterns is also an important problem-solving skill. Often you can look at many specific examples and discover a broader pattern. Then, you can use that pattern to find a solution to a problem.

Your class is exchanging Valentine’s Day cards. You want to find out how many cards are being exchanged by your classmates. Can you discover a number pattern to help you solve this problem?

## THE PROCESS

1. Let’s practice solving this problem. Go to the Patterns in Math website and follow the prompts. It will show you a variety of strategies you can use to solve this problem.
2. Be sure that you explore all of the strategies you can use when working through this problem by clicking on each strategy link.
4. You are now ready to solve this problem for your class. How many Valentine’s would be passed out in your classroom?
• Write the problem on piece of paper.
•  Solve the problem using at least two of the strategies from the practice problem on the website.

Websites:

Patterns in Math

Materials:

paper and pencil

## ASSESSMENT

 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Problem Solving (Make a Plan) I did not have a plan to help me solve the problem. I had a partial plan to help me solve the problem. I had an appropriate plan to help me solve the problem. I had a thorough plan to help me solve the problem. Application of Procedures (Solving the Problem) I made major errors and/or omissions when solving the Valentine problem. I made several errors and/or omissions when solving the Valentine problem. I made almost no errors and/or omissions when solving the Valentine problem. I made no errors when solving the Valentine problem. Communication My explanations were incomplete or inaccurate. I used very few math words, numbers and diagrams. I gave partial explanations. I used simple words, numbers and diagrams. I gave complete, clear and logical explanations. I used appropriate math words, numbers and diagrams. I gave thorough, complete and insightful explanations. I used a range of math words, numbers and diagrams.  