Soft Drink Crate Challenge

Soft Drink Can – Challenge

This weeks students were given a challenge of solving the ‘Great Soft Can Crate’ problem.
After a slow start in solving the problem, these mathematicians began to work with strategies to solve the problem.

Using strategies of:
• Modeling with materials
• Trial and error
• Getting the rows right then working on the columns
• Moving the board around to see the problem from different views
Enabled the students to come up with a range of solutions to the ‘Soft Drink Crate’ Problem.

If you would like to share your solution copy this table and paste it into the comment box then place an ‘X’ in the ‘cell’ of the table to show where you would place the cans.




Remember to challenge was to find as many solutions you can for 8, 16, 12, and 10 cans.

If you would like to take on an extra challenge see if you can find a solution for 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22 and 24 cans.

Are there any that are impossible?

Words and numbers

Over the last few weeks the kids in POD 2 have had a real focus on learning NEW words. Learning new words helps us to extend our vocabulary (the words we use) and helps us with our reading, writing and the way we communicate with others.

This week we played a few games to consolidate the meaning and synonyms for a range of words we have been focussing on. The game was great fun and we hope to have round two this week.

We also took on the role of architect’s and took on the challenge to create building scapes using a key and then drawing the front and side views. Working backwards from the views to develop the key was a bit tricky, but as you can tell by the images below all the kids were having a great attempt at solving the challenge. Keep up the great work!

How do you learn new words? What might be a fun way to help us learn? Share your ideas by clicking on the comment button. 🙂

Take the challenge

Challenge Number 1

Can you find a synonym (a word that means the same) for these words?

1. organise
2. prepare
3. proud
4. celebrate
5. invite

Click on the comment button and leave your synonyms as a reply. Remember to only write your first name and stay safe online.

Challenge number 2

The kids in POD 2 were planning a celebration of their learning to share with their families and carers. If every student had one parent or carer come along to the pod celebration –
1. How many chairs would we need for the parents/carers? and
2. How many chair legs would there be?

Click reply to leave your response. (PS – you will need to check on the POD numbers to help you solve this). Good luck!