I came on the idea after looking at some sample of "Singapore Math" and being a little less than whelmed! The "problems" were no better than the usual word problems which in one sentence state the quantities, and in the second sentence, ask for the answer using a given operation on the two numbers. As word problems go, they did not really live up to the hype.
So, I started this lesson webpage to see if I can do better, and I need some collective and creative brain power to help think of "real world" problems that would be of interest to today's children living in the urban, suburban and rural areas. http://www/educationalsynthesis.org/math/CALC-Lessons.html
So far, you can only access the addition, and there are five "levels" of different word problems. In the "very complex" level I have included a problem with quantities that are not used in the problem (I need to make the picture for that table more illustrative).
In Singapore Math it asks the child to develop their own means of solving the problems. I would like to include any other means than counting pictures of the quantities. (any method that involves counting would be represented here). Are there any other methods that children can think to use to solve these problems other than knowing the number facts, or counting representative items?
But, my real need is for suggestions for other word problems in addition as well as subtractions, multiplication, and division. Suggestions can be taken from the "real world" of kids in urban areas, suburban areas, or rural areas (I live in rural area, so those come easy to me).
Thanks for any and all suggestions on this webpage.