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Activity - Atlantis and Hubble in front of the Sun

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 · (0) Comments

If we can determine the altitude of a plane in front of the moon, why not try the altitude of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in front of the Sun?

Activity- Airplane in front of the moon

Saturday, 19 April 2014 · (2) Comments

Back in 2011, Nordin Zuber posted this found image on MathsLinks.

Number of the day

Monday, 27 January 2014 · (2) Comments

Here's a starter activity I have built on MathsStarters: Number of the day.

Classifying Data - Foldable

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 · (0) Comments

Here’s a second foldable for the Preliminary (Year 11) General Mathematics course for the topic DS1 Statistics and society, data collection and sampling.

This second foldable is about classifying data.

Statistical Inquiry Foldable

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 · (0) Comments

I’m trying to make the time to create foldables to use with my Year 11 General Mathematics class. The topic DS1 Statistics and society, data collection and sampling lends itself to foldables.

The first foldable is for the process of statistical inquiry:

posing questions, collecting data, organising data, summarising and displaying data, analysing data and drawing conclusions, and writing a report

Number Sense Posters

Sunday, 17 March 2013 ·

For a few years, I’ve noticed that kids not only don’t know/struggle with their times tables, but also general ‘number sense’.

Random

Sunday, 03 March 2013 ·

The “automatic simple random number generator” on MathsStarters got a little fix-up today.

Series Foldable

Thursday, 07 February 2013 ·

For “Arts and Crafts Thursday”* we made a foldable to summarise the formula in the topic Series and Applications (Topic 7 in the NSW BOS Mathematics Syllabus).

End of Term 8

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 ·

A couple of end-of-term/year activities…

MathsClass This Week 2 December 2012

Saturday, 01 December 2012 ·

Equal areas in a circle designNearing the end of the year, I’ve updated a previous MathsClass blog post from 2008 with additional supporting material to make this nice design. Files available on MathsFaculty.

There are other end of term activities on MathsClass and design activities on MathsFaculty.

Times Tables Grid Wall Poster (Made4Math)

Friday, 21 September 2012 ·

It’s the last day of term here, so teachers might want to spend some time today fixing up their room. So, I brought my Made4Math Monday forward.

I needed some times table posters for my classroom, but the posters you can buy tend to be for younger students and I haven’t seen a grid version (rather than each table listed separately).

Rules for Differentiation - Foldable (Math4Math)

Saturday, 25 August 2012 ·

A foldable for reviewing the Rules of Differentiation. Click the preview to see the full version.

Functions and Quadratics Foldables (Made4Math #1)

Sunday, 05 August 2012 ·

Year 11 Mathematics have one of their three periods a week, last period on Fridays. Of course, they’re not highly motivated at that time.

The other week, we folded parabolas, I called it “Arts and Craft Friday”.

The next week, they surprised me by asking what we were doing for “Arts and Craft Friday”... I had nothing!

New on MathsStarters… Bingo!

Saturday, 09 June 2012 ·

I reckon Maths Bingo is a great starter, ender or in-betweener…

Code Breaking

Saturday, 05 May 2012 ·

I recently received an email from the AAMT:

National Mathematics Day is Friday 18 May and looks at codes and code-breaking — to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing.

Superman Number Plane Logo

Sunday, 06 November 2011 ·

A number plane drawing worksheet for making the Superman logo. Included in the file (see below) is a page with a suitable coordinate grid.

Car Racing

Sunday, 11 September 2011 ·

Playing with the kids’ toys on the weekend, I came across this car and became interested by the relationship between pulling it back and how far it would travel.

Was it a linear relationship or something else?

End of Term 7

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 ·

The end of term series of posts are some of the most popular on this site.

Pythagoras Outside

Saturday, 15 May 2010 ·

This is a fairly simple activity that allows for something different in the teaching of Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The Land of Algerb

Sunday, 07 March 2010 ·

Starting Algebra with Year 8, we spend a couple of lessons on various “algebraic techniques”. I’ve been trying to find some activities which provide a little more engagement. I created “The Land of Algerb“ to explain multiplying pronumerals.

End of term activities 6

Saturday, 05 December 2009 ·

The end of term/year often brings lots of disruptions. So, as much as I like to keep teaching till the end, some days require something a little different. I like hands-on quasi-mathematical activities that allow every student to engage with and complete. And on Thursday, just before having one of those disrupted days, I found this…

Making a matching activity

Thursday, 12 November 2009 ·

As I mentioned, the DER roll-out hit my classroom as we were in the midst of Algebra. Due to a tight program and exams shortly, I had to stick with a couple of topics which don’t really allow for “play” on the laptops as much as I would have liked.

A lot of the Algebra taught at the Stage 4 level is technique, and so matching activities work particularly well to practise and review skills.

Here’s a review of some of the ways I’ve found to make matching activities for use on the laptops.

End of term activities 5 - Patterns

Thursday, 01 October 2009 ·

Tomorrow is the last day of term… hurray! Here’s another end of term activity for use with your maths class.

Brisbane Broncos Number Plane Logo

Monday, 21 September 2009 ·

Last year, I posted the Melbourne Storm Number Plane Logo – and today, exactly one year later, purely by coincidence, I’ve made a Brisbane Broncos Number Place activity.

A story for Trigonometry

Monday, 02 March 2009 ·

A really easy way to create engagement when introducing a new topic is to explain some of it’s applications outside of the maths classroom. For Trigonometry, I use an explanation of how I used trigonometry in a previous career to find the height of trees.

End of term activities 3

Thursday, 11 December 2008 ·

The end of year activity of choice this year, will be making Zombies!

Equal areas in a circle

Monday, 24 November 2008 ·

Trying to motivate Year 10 after the School Certificate Exams are completed is tough.  I like to use geometric design activities.  Whilst they seem like “fun”, or at least non-taxing on the brain – they get the students following a procedure, using geometric instruments and can be lead to a good discussion about the Mathematics of design.

Melbourne Storm Number Plane Logo

Saturday, 20 September 2008 ·

Around this time each year, our programs have Year 8 and Year 10 looking at the Number Plane.  For the end of the term, it’s nice timing, because it allows us to draw some pictures on the number plane.  One favourite is the logos of various NRL

teams.

Perpendicular lines activity

Wednesday, 02 July 2008 ·

This simple design activity could be used as something extra whilst Year 7 are using geometric instruments and learning about perpendicular lines.  Or, as a stand-alone activity.

Estimating length

Saturday, 03 May 2008 ·

When looking at measurement, year 7 measure “body units” and use them to measure things in the classroom, as an example of estimating.  Then, when we move onto perimeter, we come back to one body unit, the pace.

Profit, a story

Tuesday, 29 April 2008 ·

Starting a lesson on profit and loss with this story, quickly introduces some key concepts and we have a bit of fun.

End of term activities 2

Saturday, 01 December 2007 ·

It’s been two terms since my last post on this blog, End of term activities.  So, as I return to this blog at the end of the year, here are some more “last day” type activities.

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End of term activities

Thursday, 28 June 2007 ·

For the last day of term, lessons may not follow a normal program, however they can still be engaging and mathematics related.

Heart Rate Activity

Saturday, 19 May 2007 ·

An outdoors activity is always a welcome change to a maths lesson.  To introduce rates, I take the class outdoors to measure their heart rate.

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