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.
Today in class, Year 7, I linked to decimals:
Monday (17/08/15) was a Pythagorean Day (172 = 82 + 152).
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]
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