What’s the difference? What is the same?

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This morning, in Year Six, the children have been using the ‘Same & Difference’ maths cards to inspire some discussion and problem solving.

Here is what they had to say:

What is the same and what is different?

‘What is the same and what is different when you multiply by 100?’

‘What is the same and what is different about 3-7 and 7-3?’

‘What is the same, what is different about 24 + 47, 204 + 307, 6.4 + 5.7 and 2304 + 2407?’

These are some of the challenging questions that Year Six have been solving this morning. Tricky, puzzling, confusing – we really had to think about what the question was asking us. The card wasn’t simply wanting us to solve a calculation, or even to just find the answer to a problem, we had to explain the calculation and describe how each part of the problem was either the same or different.

For example:

‘What is the same, what is different about 7 x 80 = 560, 7 x 8 = 56 and 7 x 0.8 = 5.6?’

All questions are using the digits 0, 8 and 7. By moving the digits under different column headings (dividing by 10 & 100), we are able to see how the answers have changed, but are still all different and getting smaller.

 

 

 

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