This investigation has several levels of challenge. You don't have to do it all. Like a video game, you can stop at any level then return later for the next level. Keep good journal notes so you know the level you reached. ## Preparation
## Investigating Mushroom Hunt- Open this Mushroom Hunt Starter.
You can read it on screen or print it. - Investigate Mushroom Hunt using the questions on the Starter.
You can work with a partner if you wish.
**When you find the right way to sort the mushrooms there will be a pattern.** - In your journal explain the pattern and the things that helped you find it.
## Extending The PatternPrint Mushroom Hunt Investigation Guide A- Fill in the pattern of six (6) basket numbers that solves the Starter problem.
The highest number goes in the left hand basket. - Fill in all the rows to show how to make the totals on the sheet.
- What would be the largest basket number?
- What would be the smallest basket number?
- These five (5) mushroom hunters would be able to make totals up to ...?
- What would be the largest basket number?
- What would be the smallest basket number?
- These seven (7) mushroom hunters would be able to make totals up to ...?
## Picturing The PatternPrint Mushroom Hunt Investigation Guide B- When you have finished the sheet stick it in your journal.
## Write the Pattern like a MathematicianThe pattern in this investigation is very important. You learnt it when you were in Year 1 or 2. It was called doubling then.Mathematicians have invented a new way to write the numbers in the pattern. For example they would write: 16 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 2Mathematicians call numbers like this index or power numbers:
- Discuss with someone else and write in your journal what you think the base number tells you to do.
- Discuss with someone else and write in your journal what you think the index number tells you to do.
- What do you think a mathematician would write in the last box? Why?
- How would a mathematician write the basket number for the extra basket gathered on the day Goldilocks went out with the others?
- 3
^{4}= - 5
^{3}=
## Binary in the BackgroundYou can make any number up to 63 with the baskets.BUT you don't use every basket to make each number.A basket is either used ... or it is not used.It's In or it's Out.
Print Mushroom Hunt Investigation Guide C and fill it in. - When you have finished the sheet stick it in your journal.
- Write these numbers in zeros and ones:
68 ... 83 ... 127
## Just Before You FinishFor this part you need your maths journal and your Working Like A Mathematician page.*What do you know now that you didn't know when you started this investigation?*- In your journal, finish this paragraph:
*I was working like a mathematician when I...*
## Answers & DiscussionThese notes were originally written for teachers. We have included them to support parents to help their child learn from Mushroom Hunt.- Notes for Mushroom Hunt, where you will find some remarkable work from a Year 3 student on this problem, and this recent article titled Powers, Indices & Problems.
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26th April 2021Johanna, who home-schools her children in rural Western Victoria, has developed and posted a wonderful lesson based on Mushroom Hunt that was just right for her children. You can see the full lesson, which, as well as our problem, includes measurement work with real mushrooms and literature within a cross-curriculum Nature Study unit plan. Visit Johanna's work at this link. Here are some extracts from our emails to get you excited: I had heaps fun with the Mushroom Hunt activity with my children! ... In my version of the activity, I gave the children 4 baskets and 15 mushrooms. ... The baskets are Aldi fruit packing boxes (I like to reuse and recycle) and the numbers are plastic house numbers I purchased from the hardware as a tactile resource for my children. ... It was so much fun watching the children work together to find out the solution and to see them make connections and links themselves.
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