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Learning objects What's the problem: sports: level 3

TLF ID L8162

Star as a contestant in a quiz show! Select three worded mathematical problems, about sports, from two categories: 'school sport' or 'world sport'. Identify the correct answer for each step in the problem-solving process. Examine the suggestions made by the panel to help you. Collect a prize based on your score.This is the ninth in a series of nine objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate different forms of word problems by applying problem-solving techniques.
  • Students solve problems by selecting appropriate calculations or mathematical procedures for each step.
  • Students interpret and evaluate solutions by identifying the context of each problem.
Educational value
  • Encourages students to think about and focus on the steps involved in solving mathematical problems.
  • Provides a set of worded problems for students to read and interpret.
  • Offers a list of standard problem-solving steps to assist students in developing a structured approach.
  • Includes panel member suggestions and scaffolded feedback to help students focus on the words in each problem.
  • Provides a bank of six problems to make the learning object re-usable.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Problem solving

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2095 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Howard Reeves
    • Address: Lindisfarne TAS 7015 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Paul White
    • Address: Strathfield NSW 2135 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256kb/s or faster.
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.