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# What are some interesting math problems for kids?

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Interesting math problems for kids usually involve real-world applications. Many children enjoy word problems, since these problems allow them to discover how math can be used in everyday life.

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The following problems are appropriate for grade school children with a basic knowledge of arithmetic:

• This problem involves comparing, adding and subtracting fractions:

"George and Helen ordered a pizza. George ate 1/2 of the pizza, and Helen ate 3/8 of the pizza. Who ate more pizza, and how much was left over?"

• This problem involves multiplication, addition, and subtraction and decimals and percentages:

"Gretchen wants to buy a new dress. The dress costs \$18.99, and there is a 5 percent sales tax. Will \$20 be enough money? If not, how much more money will Gretchen need?"

• This problem involves basic division with remainders:

"Kate baked cookies for the students in her class. There are 15 students in her class, and she baked 52 cookies. How many cookies will each student get? How many cookies will be left over?"

• This problem involves calculating surface area:

"Alex is baking a cake, and wants to put chocolate frosting on top. The cake is 13 inches long and 9 inches wide. How many square inches will Alex cover with frosting?"

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Some strategies for teaching math include having students work in pairs to solve problems, using physical items for helping students understand basic skills, including math games and using repetition, suggests Concordia Online Education. Another strategy is to provide explanations for problem solving so that students can become competent.

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Common math problems for 12th grade students can vary depending on the student's math level, but usually include problems using algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and some calculus. These problems can be word problems or simply equations composed of numerals.

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Math problems for 6th grade include calculating surface area of cubes and rectangular prisms, solving area and circumference of a circle and area of triangles. Parallelograms, trapezoids and triangle angles are also math problems for the grade. Others are ordering fractions, integers, estimating angles, factors and multiples, proportions, review of prime and composite numbers, calculating least common multiples, comparing rational numbers, subtracting integers, adding numbers and solving algebraic equations.