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Excel for Mathematics General

Sunday, 30 August 2015 ·

The Mathematics General (Stage 6, Years 11 and 12) syllabus in NSW includes numerous content points, considerations and suggest applications involving spreadsheets. But, I suspect, many teachers are not using spreadsheets in their lessons mainly because you get through the course without using them. Yet using a spreadsheet to complete some of the mathematical heavy lifting, can allow for the use of real-life data and the investigation of scenarios.

Odometer, the Universe and trains

Friday, 28 August 2015 ·

Today in class, Year 7, I linked to decimals:

  • the odometer in my car… rounding 19.999 to 2 decimals places is like 19999 on the odometer kicking over to 20000
  • π...
    and the universe
  • trains terminating at the end of the line
  • Luna Park, because trains terminate behind Luna Park
  • and of course, Arnie, the Terminator.

Pythagorean Dates

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 ·

Pythagorean Dates WorksheetMonday (17/08/15) was a Pythagorean Day (172 = 82 + 152).

Spirolaterals - Year 5 Lesson

Saturday, 15 August 2015 ·

For the second lesson with Year 5 students (the first is here), we created and investigated Spirolaterals.

Number of the Day (junior)

Sunday, 02 August 2015 ·

Just added to MathsStarters: Number of the Day (junior) is for Stage 2/3 students (Years 3 to 6) covering:

  •  represent numbers of up to four digits using objects, words, numerals and digital displays

  •  identify the number before and after a given two-, three- or four-digit number

  •  count forwards and backwards by tens and hundreds on and off the decade

  •  arrange numbers of up to four digits in ascending and descending order

  •  use place value to partition numbers of up to four digits

  •  round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred or thousand

[MA2-4NA; ACMNA052, ACMNA053. Reference: NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, Mathematics K-10 Syllabus]