Our next idea for a mathematical Halloween activity involves 3D shapes. Using a pop-up dodecahedron pupils can review the properties of 3D shapes such as vertices, faces and edges and have a great pop-up spider to take home.
Where’s the maths
Nets of 3D shapes
Properties of shapes; faces, edges and vertices
Planes of symmetry
Angle properties of each face of the dodecahedron
You will need
Template of a dodecahedron, download one from Sen teacher website from here.
Some black card
Black pipe cleaners for the legs
Elastic bands for pop-up ability
Stick on eyes
Download a template of a dodecahedron from here the SEN website and use as a template.
Cut out the dodecahedron on black card but separate into two pieces like this;
Now test the pop-up ability of your spider by following this quick video;
Then decorate your spiders with eyes and legs made from pipe cleaners! Alternatively make a normal 3D Dodecahedron to make a spider that does not pop-up!
We like to hear how the ideas worked for you and would love to see a picture of any spiders made by your class!
Check this out made by @jonsmcest!
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Tick or Trash is an idea shared by Lisa-Marie Doyle, a colleague I worked with in Knowsley, now working in Crewe. From Lisa’s idea NumberLoving have produced a number of tick or trash worksheets, ready for free download.
With the questions placed in the middle they’ve been answered by two characters, one is correct and one is wrong. Pupils must decide for each whose answer to tick and whose to trash. These are ideal for quick starter, plenary or a topic review. Also don’t miss the great opportunity to engage pupils in spotting and describing the mistake or discussing common misconceptions.
I renamed some basic ingredients to make them more disgusting sounding! Stagnant pond water = lemonade, pumpkin puree = orange juice, pink poison = cranberry juice, dash of blood = grenadine.
Any non-alcoholic recipe can easily be used as a witches brew, make it more ghastly by adding jelly snakes, eyes or other gruesome sweets available at this time of year! Check out this post by Emma Salk for non-alcoholic cocktail recipes.
Download this creepy cocktails starter activity of quick fire questions; Creepy cocktails ideal for low ability year 7 pupils, which recaps finding halves, doubles and thirds of amounts. Following which pupils then make the cocktail, using the recipe sheet (above) to find the measurements for one drink and then use Price List Witches brew to work out batch costs.
These resources were designed for low ability pupils, they can easily be differentiated by requiring students to work with more complex ratios, or requiring more precise measurement.
Numeracy Across the Curricular Links
Many links with the food technology department, adapting recipes and using the measuring jugs!
Why not dress up and make an event of it by also making the pop-up 3D spiders (our next blog post soon to come)!
This idea can easily be adapted for Hawaiian themed beach party if you study ratio and proportion in the summer time. Check out the crazy cocktail resources, also available for free download from Number Loving’s resource shop.
We hope you like our ideas and would love to hear how they went in your school!