Students can now experience the fun of Inquisitive Minds throughout the year with resources to use at school or at home.
Inquisitive Minds Problem Solvers Toolkits
The Problem Solvers Toolkits are designed to give students access to concrete materials which can be used to add a hands-on component to their Maths lessons or to their work at home.
- Three ten sided dice
- Centicubes in six colours (10 of each colour)
- Sets of tiles in four colours (10 of each colour)
- Sets of counters in four colours (50 of each colour)
- Tangram Puzzle (7 pieces)
- Plastic Shapes (6 pieces)
- Matchsticks (Assorted colours)
The toolkits are designed for use by students from Preschool all the way up to High School. They can be purchased for $40 + GST + postage and handling each.
* The standard postage in Australia is $10 for an individual pack.
* Free shipping for orders of thirty or more boxes.
Orders for Toolkits can be made by filling in the form below.
Inquisitive Minds - Operation Grid Games
There are three Operation Grid Games programs; each designed to enable primary school students to develop and reinforce their number skills in a fun and engaging way!
Operation Grid Games: Whole Number
Targeting Early Stage 1
Operation Grid Games:Addition and Subtraction
Targeting Stage 1
Operation Grid Games:Multiplication and Division
Targeting Stage 2 and beyond
The games, support material and additional materials in this program cover content from the Number and Algebra strand of the NSW syllabus.
The areas covered throughout the programs are:
- Recognising Numbers (1 – 10)
- Finding the number after a given number (1 – 10)
- Finding the number before a given number (1 – 10)
- Comparing numbers (1 – 10) to determine which is larger
Addition and Subtraction
- Finding two numbers that add to give ten
- Finding the difference between two numbers (1 – 10)
- Adding two numbers (1 – 10)
- Finding the difference between a number and twenty
Multiplication and Division
- Multiplication (1 – 10)
- Division (by numbers 1 – 10)
Some of the features of Operation Grid Games include:
- A ‘fun’ approach: As the name suggests, Operation Grid Games offers a fun approach to learning new number skills by incorporating games into maths. Students are given an opportunity to learn and practise working with numbers as they engage in light-hearted competition with their peers.
- A program applicable to all students K – 6: Operation Grid Games takes content from the NSW K – 4 Syllabus, but many Stage 3 and 4 students still have to master multiplication and division. For this reason, the Stage 2 component of the program may be used by Stage 3 and 4 students. Enrichment activities for the Multiplication and Division program are offered as an additional digital resource. These ensure that more advanced students can use the program and still be exposed to new and challenging ways of thinking.
- Support Material: The support material provided in this program includes explicit teaching, covering instructions on the mathematical content of each concept as well as graphics to use alongside games. The material ensures that students of all abilities find the games accessible and are equipped to approach the activities with confidence. Teachers are encouraged to provide the support material to use alongside games until students feel they can find answers without this scaffolding.
- Opportunity for differentiation: Although the programs are each suggested for a particular stage, students are able to progress through the games at their own pace. There is plenty of opportunity for part of a class to be working on basic concepts, while another part of the class work on more complex skills. Operation Grid Games also provides an opportunity for differentiation by offering a variety of ways of using each of the game boards. Students in a classroom may all be practising the same concept, but some could be exposed to more complex mathematical thinking as they play games with more difficult objectives.
- Opportunity to rethink Maths Homework: Teachers may choose to use Operation Grid Games in their classrooms, or they may like to send games home to provide a varied and creative approach to homework. The support material and instructions to games give explicit explanations so that parents are able to support and reinforce the learning that has taken place in the classroom.
Operation Grid Games are in final stages of development and will be available for schools to purchase in early 2021.
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Payments may be made using direct deposit.
Please note that we are currently making toolkits as they are ordered, so large orders may take time to process.