Rich Math and Rich Questions Blogs

Well after tweaking and playing with this blog for a couple months now, I am finally ready to set it out there for others to see.  My purpose is to get information out in the small manageable pieces that we are now so accustomed to.  The other important piece is creating a warehouse of problems so that we can use what is out there and spark our own ideas.

What I have is technically two blogs.  One will be for basic information (myrichmath blog) and the other one will be a warehouse of problems (MyRichProblems blog).  The page for helpful links is the same for both blogs.

Please let me know what works and what needs revision as I see this as your tool.

-Jen Thompson

Amesville Elementary Mathematics Coach


Okay, I’ll admit that Legos are a cliche in math problems for kids but to my credit, the student I was talking to suggested that Legos are something we buy in different sized packages.

Here is the problem:

Sally wanted to buy 473 legos.  At the store they are sold in packages of 100, 20, 5, and 1.  Show all the ways you can find that she can buy the exact number of legos.

Use pictures, numbers, and words to prove your answer.

Traffic Jam

As I move through this journey as a mathematics coach I see the way I look at the world change.  I find problems in more places and I see math opportunities in every direction.  I feel confident that if you are just beginning to make changes in the way you teach that this will happen to you also.

Here is an example.

Chinese Traffic Jam


This traffic jam in China was caused by construction back in 2010.  The traffic jam was 1000 km in length.  The average car is 4 m long.

Estimate how many cars you think could have been caught in the traffic jam.  Show why your answer is reasonable or not reasonable.

As we travel through this journey of mathematics I hope you will begin to see math everywhere as I am beginning to do.