I reckon Maths Bingo is a great starter, ender or in-betweener…
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?
Looking around, there are lots of activities for collecting and analysing data using small boxes of Smarties. Here is my version.
Having made a Tables Spider this other day, I realised that I made myself a template for creating all sorts of “spiders”.
In 2007, I wrote about a resource, a Number Spider, that I used as a lesson starter.
Here’s a quick starter activity for rounding.
Some chocolate discussion starters for looking at bar graphs: a series of chocolate bar graphs.
This is an amusing video to introduce probability… some of my Year 8s found it hilarious.
Having found this tip on
elearnr.org Doug Belshaw’s blog about using PowerPoint:
Find graphics that represent things you do frequently in lessons (perhaps from clipart) and always use these when doing a similar activity. For example, a pen writing for when it’s time to start work or two people talking for discussion/group work. These help reinforce good habits and aid classroom management.
I went looking for some nice graphics to use.
This week, Year 9 were looking at finding the perimeter of shapes that include curves (parts of a circle).
With laptops rolling out shortly and projectors appearing in some classrooms, we should be thinking about collecting digital media for use as stimulus or investigation material. So, the other day when filling up my young daughter’s bottles, I took some pictures.
I wanted to play a multiplication bingo type game with a class the other day, so I grabbed two 10 sided dice (apparently you don’t need to call a single dice a “die” anymore) out of the cupboard. Then I thought… hey I have a projector and a laptop.
When starting “Volume” with Year 8, we start by looking at cubic units and isometric drawings. This year, with an interactive whiteboard (although, these resources are also suited for use with just a projector or in a computer lab), I was able to use a couple of excellent online resources.
Here’s a PowerPoint file I made to quickly review transformations before getting into congruency.
I need to learn to use GeoGebra because it looks like a fantastic app, it’s free and shortly our students will have their own netbooks, itching to use them. I find the best way to learn new software is to do something with it that you need.
The last week of term begins next week…
Simon Job — eighth year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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