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Put on your thinking cap! Open-Ended Math Problems

GET READY, GET SET...
Start your math problems!

This site is for the specific purpose of preparing Middle School students for OPEN-ENDED problem solving on standardized tests. We have divided each month into the five strands from the Philadelphia math standards:

  • Number Theory
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Patterns, Algebra, and Functions
  • Data, Statistics, and Probability
There are three levels of difficulty for each standard.

We have written and chosen problems from different sources that lend themselves to more than one way of solving. It is our hope that if these are done on a consistent, weekly basis, the students will feel more confident and comfortable at test time. To better prepare for the tests, students should answer with a picture, diagram, or paragraph explaining the solution and how they determined their answers. We are including possible answers and rubrics for assessment.

Try these with your students. Let us know what you think and how they did.

September Problems

October Problems

November Problems

December Problems

January Problems

February Problems

March Problems

April Problems


Gwenn Holtz (7th Grade) and Mary Lee Malen (6th Grade)

For questions or comments, contact the webteam@www.fi.edu


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