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Summing Consecutive Numbers

This problem offers a simple context to begin an exploration of the properties of numbers and to make conjectures about those properties. Learners explore the sums of consecutive numbers and whether all positive numbers from 1-30 can be written as the sum of two or more consecutive numbers. The Teachers' Notes page offers suggestions for implementation, key discussion questions, ideas for extension and support.
Contributed by: Millenium Mathematics Project, Publisher
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (United Kingdom), Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorMillenium Mathematics Project, Publisher
    • Publication Date2008-09
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2007 University of Cambridge
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 5
      What is Parity?
      By Uncle Bob on 06/21/2012 - 19:54
    • Parity is an essential property of number and a key skill in estimating and solving problems. This is an eye-opening and open investigation into the composition of numbers. Every teacher should use it.