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GAIM Activities: Practical Problems

GAIM Activities are open-ended tasks where achievements in using and applying mathematics can be assessed alongside content. In the practical problems students apply mathematics to real-life situations.

GAIM provides teachers with 80 Activities (40 Investigations and 40 Practical Problems) as a resource for teaching and assessment. These are open-ended tasks designed to encourage students to use, apply and develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding and to integrate these in order to make decisions and draw conclusions.

The Activities are suitable for a wide attainment range and can be used with whole classes, with small groups of students, or with individuals. These activities also enable teachers to credit student achievement in relation to other aspects of mathematics by looking at the mathematical content in the work.

Practical problems
Practical problems are adaptations of real-life situations, manageable in the classroom or local environment, that require students to apply their mathematics. There is no specific answer to each practical problem and students produce solutions at a level of sophistication appropriate to their mathematical attainment.

Examples include:
*Every Second Counts - Using transport timetables, maps and knowledge of speeds to plan a route leading as far away from school as possible in one hour.
*Beach Guest House - Booking guests into appropriate rooms in a hotel.
*Cemetery Maths - Collecting relevant data from a visit to a local graveyard or a cemetery for testing a hypothesis.
*Design a Table - Involving diagrams, measurements, scale.

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