- Download How many different ways can you make the word SNOW? problem, recording sheet and answer key.
Extend this lesson using the word winter to form Pascal paths. How many possible different paths are there for this word? How does it relate to Pascal's Triangle?
How Many Winter Paths involves systematic counting of the different Pascal paths in this arrangement of the word WINTER. Students will be challenged to relate this activity to Pascal's triangle as they analyze their solutions to see if they have found all of the ways to reach each R in the bottom row. A teacher instructional plan with mathematical background, answer and this challenge is included to explain how to present the problem. The recording sheet encourages students to trace one path in each frame, making it easy to see if students use a systematic counting approach to solving the problem.
- Download How many winter paths do you see? problem, recording sheet and Pascal's link. This PDF also contains instructional suggestions for presenting this problem to students.