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Mathseeds Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

How does Mathseeds develop higher‑level thinking skills?

The Mathseeds lessons teach a variety of problem solving strategies using interactive manipulatives to solve increasingly difficult math problems. Every Mathseeds lesson also has a printable problem‑solving task targeting higher‑level critical thinking skills. These challenge students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 to develop a toolkit of strategies to reason, interpret, analyze, and solve increasingly complex problems.

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Online Lessons Teach Strategies

Mathseeds integrates problem solving into every lesson

Mathematical thinking and problem-solving in every lesson.

  • Strategies, models, and interactive manipulatives help students learn how to solve problems.
  • Mathematical models include number lines, number charts, part-part whole, number patterns, place value, number bars, graphs, and many more.
  • Lessons promote thinking mathematically and developing number sense.
  • Scaffolded learning enables students to apply their learning across a range of activities.
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A Structured Approach Builds Confident Students

math problem solving example question and answer

Identify the question, find facts, apply, and evaluate.

  • Students tackle each problem using the same structure.
  • Underline the question, circle the facts, and choose a strategy.
  • Allows students to develop critical thinking skills whatever their ability level.
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Printable Problem Solving Tasks for Every Lesson

examples of math toolkit for problem solving

200 problem solving and critical thinking activities.

  • Integrates problem solving into every lesson.
  • Develops higher-level thinking skills across all mathematics domains.
  • Strategies include act it out, draw diagrams, write equations, use tables, mental computation, and logical thinking.
  • Pages include collaborative elements and analysis where students are asked to think about their thinking, communicate this to others, and justify their mathematical reasoning.
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Online Games

example of problem solving mini game

Mini games in the Arcade prepare students for more difficult problem-solving opportunities.

  • Problem solving strategy games in the Games arcade develop logical thinking.
  • Introduces early problem-solving thinking.
  • Fun, interactive, and leveled to challenge students.
  • Games include: Pack Your bags, Cow Jump, Where’s My shadow, Shape Tip, True or False.