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ABC Mathseeds Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

How does ABC Mathseeds develop higher‑level thinking skills?

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

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maths printable problem solving tasks

Online Lessons Teach Strategies

ABC 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.

A Structured Approach Builds Confident Students

maths 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.

Printable Problem Solving Tasks for Every Lesson

examples of maths 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.

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 levelled to challenge students.
  • Games include: Pack Your bags, Cow Jump, Where’s My shadow, Shape Tip, True or False.