Maths Circus Act 5 is part of the Maths Circus Series of programs which provide practice and enhancement for a wide range of maths and problem solving skills. The programs in the series are not intended to be sequential in any way and are not designed for increasing age ranges, nor do they become progressively more difficult.
Maths Circus Act 5 is in effect a completely new version of the very successful Maths Circus Act 2 software. Although the program is based on Maths Circus Act 2 it offers much more than the original version. Just like Maths Circus Act 3 the puzzles feature 120 levels in total, instead of the original 60 levels.
Although the 12 puzzles are loosely based on the original concept they have been extended with many new challenges added. New graphics have also been used throughout to make the software more appealing.
There are now two degrees of challenge (Basic and Advanced). The five Basic levels of each puzzle are designed for children in the first two years of schooling, but they can also serve as an introduction for older children. The five Advanced levels are designed for children in middle and upper primary, right through to adult. In total there are 120 individual tasks, twice the number in the earlier Maths Circus Act 2 package. A much wider ability range has been catered for and the top levels will provide a real challenge to children of any age.
Who should use Maths Circus?
The puzzles provide an enjoyable way for the teacher to approach that very tricky area of problem solving - how to tackle a new problem for which there is no obvious technique. Students have to use their initiative, and learn by experience. However, the problems are easy enough to ensure that success, and a consequent boost in confidence, is reasonably easy to achieve provided the right level of difficulty is chosen.
Teacher controls and special needs
Teachers can control which puzzles and levels are available, and can inspect and print progress reports. The software can also be driven by a touch screen, whiteboard or a single or double switch, instead of a mouse.
The package also includes a set of worksheets and a manual containing the solutions for each puzzle.
Even the easier levels of the Pills puzzle requires a lot of thought.
Reasoning and planning are vital skills developed in Maths Circus Act 5.
4 years to Adult
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