Great math problems for Valentine’s Day.
Earlier this month, I saw a post by Richard Byrne that led me to this great site of mathematical “Would You Rather” problems. John Stevens (@JStevens009) is the clever man who creates these mathematical challenges, and I love the thinking that is required to solve the questions he poses. I tried a few with my 3rd graders, and they were hooked. Many of the problems, though, require a little more advanced math knowledge than generally possessed by 8-year-olds, so I thought about penning a few of my own. Since Valentine’s Day is closing in, I decided to go with that theme. I asked John if he minded me borrowing his idea, and he generously gave me the go-ahead.
The rule I give my students for these problems is that they must prove their answer using mathematical reasoning. They are allowed to use the internet to research and/or do some…
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