# Create A Question

Student Activity There is a special number in each of these envelopes.

When you get your envelope, open it and find out what your number is.
This number is the solution to a maths problem that YOU make up.

Specific Learning Outcomes
Use their mathematical knowledge to invent problems
Solve other students' problems.
Description of Mathematics

Students are challenged to create their own number problems. This can require a deeper understanding than solving a given problem.

Some students may simply suggest an equation. Some may be able to confidently embed an equation in a story context, and other students might readily suggest contextual problems that involve several steps, or a range of operations.

This open problem has students use their imaginations to create word problems of their own and to apply the mathematics that they are learning.

A series of similar problems span Level 1 to Level 5. These problems are You Be The Teacher, Level , Make Up Your Own, Level 2, Invent-A-Problem, Level 3, Cart Before The Horse, Level 5 and Working Backwards, Level 5.

You may find that this serves as a useful assessment task.

Required Resource Materials
Activity

### The Problem

There is a special number in each of these envelopes.
When you get your envelope, open it and find out what your number is.
This number is the solution to a maths problem that YOU make up.

### Teaching sequence

There are many ways to have your students create their own problems for others to solve.
This is just one possible way to consider.
Use numbers on the copymaster or write ones that better suit your students.

1. Tell the students that their challenge is to create some mathematics problems.
2. Ask the students to give you a number. Have them to make up a problem using that number as the answer.