Problem Solving Resources

AIMS Puzzle Corner http://www.aimsedu.org/puzzle/puzzleList.html
The goal of the AIMS Puzzle Corner is to provide teachers with a variety of interesting puzzles that can be used to create a learning environment where students engage in doing mathematics just for the fun of it! With the proper encouragement and enthusiasm on the part of the teacher, students can learn to enjoy puzzles and the mathematics behind them. Solutions appear the month following the puzzle's introduction.
Aunty Math http://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org/aunty/index.html 
DuPage Children's Museum presents Aunty Math, otherwise known as Mathilda Mathews, poses challenges to students on this web site. She presents a math problem, and then students can email their answers to her. Past challenges are posted so that students may solve them if they want to. Teachers can receive ideas on how to modify the math challenge to fit the needs of students.
 
Brain Teasers-Math Problem of the Week http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/index.html
Weekly Brain Teasers posted every Wednesday provided by the Houghton Mifflin Company. Listed by grade level (Grades 3-4, Grades 5-7, and Grades 7+). Solutions are posted on the following Wednesday.
Data Library http://forum.swarthmore.edu/workshops/sum96/data.collections/datalibrary/
The Data Library contains lists of ongoing data-sharing projects as well as downloadable Clarisworks spreadsheets and other sources of data on the web.
 Elementary Brain Teaser Contest http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~mathed/brain.html
Weekly Brain Teaser by the University of California. One for Elementary, Middle, and High School. Casio calculators awarded weekly in a random drawing for the correct answer. Answers require and explanation, but solutions are not posted.
 
Finch Math Problems of the Week http://www.mbnet.mb.ca/~jfinch/math.html
This site contains weekly math problems for grades 3-4 or grades 5-6 from the Barber School in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. Answers are included.
 
Gang of Fifteen http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/gang1.htm
WebQuest - This webquest asks students to stop a gang of fifteen from conspiring to destroy all the crosswalks in the world. Students must track the gang through credit card charges. Students identify the country, identify the currency unit, calculate exchange rates, and determine the amount of money spent by the gang.
 
Geometry Problem of the Week http://forum.swarthmore.edu/geopow/
This website also includes a Project of the Month.
 
Japanese Math Challenge http://www.japanese-online.com/math/index.htm
Site contains the math problems given to 12 year old students in Japan. Challenging and timed, but hints are available, as well as the solutions.
Math, Baseball & the San Francisco Giants! http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/baseball/
WebQuest - "Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowd...."You can't help humming that tune while on your way to see the San Francisco Giants baseball team! Aunt Rosemary from Ohio is in town and wanted to take you to a Giants game. Unfortunately, the game was starting during your MATH class! However, your parents and math teacher gave you permission to attend the game with special conditions. The deal is that you will report back to the rest of the math class all the different ways mathematics is used in the game of baseball. This should be a no brainer, or at least you hope!
 
MATHCOUNTS http://www.mathcounts.org/
MATHCOUNTS is a coaching and competition program for middle school students nationwide. It includes Problem of the Week and Math Challenge.
 
Math Counts Problem Solving http://206.152.229.6/
FLIP Contest, Problem of the Week and Archive, Warm-Ups and Workouts, Problem Solving Strategies, Extended Activities, Algebraic Reasoning, Permissible Calculators - lots of resources
Math Forum: POWs Administrated by Others http://forum.swarthmore.edu/pow/other.html
Sites with Problems of the Week Hosted by Math Forum a HUGE resource with numerous listings.
 
Math in Daily Life http://www.learner.org/exhibits/dailymath/
Another great site from the Annenberg Project, this one on everyday Math applications - upper Elementary and Middle School
Math Maven's Mysteries http://teacher.scholastic.com/maven/index.htm
Great problems listed by skill and difficulty.
 
Math questions (WASL) http://www.pasd.wednet.edu/school/mathwasl/
Rational for writing in math as well as questions for each grade level for written student response in WASL format.
MathStories.com! http://www.mathstories.com/
The goal of this web site is to help grade school children improve their math problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It has over 4000 math word problems for children to enjoy! .
 
Mathematical Connections http://www.davidson.k12.nc.us/webquests/mathcon/fibo.html
WebQuest - Did you know you can find mathematics hidden in great works of art and in a sea shell? Let's explore some connections between mathematics and other areas! The Fibonacci Series, the Golden Ratio and Pi help make these interesting connections. High School
 
Mathematics WebQuests http://www.berksiu.k12.pa.us/webquest/math.htm
WebQuest - Hotlist of outstanding WebQuest activities
 
MathStories.com http://www.mathstories.com
Thousands of math story problems organized by grade level and then by topic. Worksheets can be printed and used free of charge.
 
Math Questions http://www.pasd.wednet.edu/school/mathwasl/
The Port Angeles School District's problem solving questions in math. Written by grade level to assist in QASL preparation.
 
MathMagic! http://forum.swarthmore.edu/mathmagic/
MathMagic is a K-12 telecommunications project developed in El Paso, Texas by Alan A. Hodson. It provides strong motivation for students to use computer technology while increasing problem-solving strategies and communications skills. MathMagic posts challenges in each of four categories (k-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12) to trigger each registered team to pair up with another team and engage in a problem-solving dialog. When an agreement has been reached, one solution is posted for every pair. Past problems and solutions are archived.
 
Math Mountain Problems for Kids -- McREL -- CSMP - http://www.mcrel.org/csmp/mtindex.asp
Elementary problems posted monthly in two grade levels (2-3 and 4-6) provided by Comprehensive School Mathematics Program. Past problems and solutions archived.
MathNet http://www.vannet.k12.wa.us/inctr/MathWEB/MathWEB.htm
Vancouver (WA) School District has developed some tremendous resources.
 
McREL -- CSMP - Math Mountain http://www.mcrel.org/csmp/mtindex.asp  Medieval Adventure In Problem Solving http://tqjunior.advanced.org/4471/
ThinkQuest Junior entry for 4th graders; no elaborate bells and whistles here, just honest to goodness creative math applications
 
Mr. Pitonyak's Pyramid Puzzle http://wcvt.com/~tiggr
This site features an interdisciplinary Web-based project designed for middle school math students to determine how much it would cost to build an Egyptian pyramid today. Gr. 6-9
Professor Math http://www.asd.wednet.edu/professormath/pmath.htm
Professor Math's Brain Boosters
 
Travel Money http://www.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/travel/travel.htm
WebQuest - Have you ever had a vacation that lasted longer than your money? Unless money is no object, budgeting the amount you will need to spend on transportation, meals, lodging and recreation is the first step in creating a successful trip.
 
Ultimate Money WebQuest! http://www.davidson.k12.nc.us/webquests/money/money.htm
WebQuest - We all have experience with money -- mostly spending it. There is much more to learn about money than where to shop. In this WebQuest, you will learn how money is minted, how to SAVE it, how to make change, and even how to invest it wisely. You will even have a chance to run a small business and see how much money you can make! K-2
 
Unsolved Mathematics Problems http://www.mathsoft.com/asolve/
Extensive collection of links which explore mathematical problems which have yet to be resolved; great resource for secondary Mathematics
 
Use It or Lose It: Puzzles to Exercise the Brain http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson118.shtml
Do your students' brains seem a little lazy lately? Energize them with some brainteasers -- problems and puzzles that will get those neurons sparking and get the blood flowing to the head. Included: Additional puzzle resources for kids of all ages!
 
Web Math http://www.webmath.com/
Web math is a "math problem solver" that gives users immediate solutions to the problems they are working on, complete with the steps. Topics range from calculating tips and figuring sale prices to factoring quadratic equations and graphing. Grades 6-12
 
Word Problems http://www.stfx.ca/special/mathproblems/welcome.html
Actual word problems online for grades Five through Twelve (links to answers)
Other interesting Math Activities
Lemonade Stand http://www.littlejason.com/lemonade/index.html
A minute to learn...a half hour to master. This is Lemonade Stand, the classic resource allocation game in which you're a little kid running a lemonade stand You start with five dollars, and make cups of lemonade for the next day based on the weather forecast. If it's a hot day, and you've advertised enough, you could rack up as much as ten bucks!! Play those odds, though: if it rains, you'll weep openly as you pour your product down the drain like a French dairy farmer on strike. You only get 25 days, so you'd better build your lemonade empire quickly.
 
Math Forum: Internet Math Hunt http://forum.swarthmore.edu/hunt/
Math Forum - Internet Math Hunt - The Internet Math Hunt consists of monthly questions about math and mathematicians. The answers can be found somewhere on the Internet. Answers should be in three parts: 1. What did you find? 2. What is the URL (address) where you eventually found the information? 3. How did you find that page? It has an archive of past hunts. Prizes can be won.
  
FUNBRAIN Change Maker Game $1-$100-MONEY http://www.funbrain.com/cashreg/index.html
Change Maker - The Cash Register Game - a nice money game in levels with amounts up to $1.00, $5.00, $100.00) and "Big Spender". Figure out how many of each bill or coin that you expect to get back when you pay for something. If you get the answer correct, the amount of change is added to your piggy bank. If you get the answer wrong, the correct amount of change is subtracted from your piggy bank. The more money you get in your piggy bank, the harder the questions will get.

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