Archive | October, 2012

NumberLoving’s 1st Birthday!

26 Oct

Wow over 160, 000 visitors this year! Myself and Laura are made up to be celebrating the success of Number Loving in its first year!

Our Top Ten Posts

1) Mathematical Fortune Tellers; using this childhood game to practice Maths

2) Do or Die with Dice; Many games to play with dice, my favourite practising place value by playing Nasty.

3) Nets to Catch Angry Birds; Studying nets, volume or surface area by making these 3D shapes in the form of angry birds.

4) Treasure Hunts; Get pupils up and out of there seats

5) Pimp your classroom; Looking for inspiration then look no further for ideas on interactive displays

6) The Author; here I am, I have worked hard to build up our website and appreciate all the great feedback I have received! Laura Rees-Hughes also co-authored NumberLoving from 2012 to 2016.

7) Maths Top Trumps and Other Games; The Top trumps, one of most successful resources for spicing up practising a skill.

8) Numeracy Coordinator Making the Role Count; Our ideas on how to successfully build the numeracy role and raise the profile of numeracy in your school.

9) Dance Maths; Every department needs a set of numbered dance mats, great for plenary or even open evening.

10) Cooperative Learning; Tools and resources; Ideas and resources built around the Kagan approach to cooperative learning.

Here are some of favourite posts that haven’t made the top ten but are definitely worthy of a mention;

1) Tick or Trash; Our latest resources added to the TES store, tick one answer and trash the other.

2) Outdoor Learning; Using the school building and trigonometry skills out and about the school site.

3) Teaching Loci; Using outside spaces and the pupils themselves to teach loci

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Halloween Pop-Up Spiders and 3D Shapes

22 Oct

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
  • Elastic bands
  • Black pipe cleaners for the legs
  • Elastic bands for pop-up ability
  • Stick on eyes

How

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!

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Check this out made by @jonsmcest!

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Tick or Trash

22 Oct

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 Number Loving 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.

All tick and trash resources can be downloaded from our TES store check it out here!

We welcome all feedback and look forward to hearing how tick or trash worked for you!Get in touch @numberloving and check out our free and premium resources in our TES NumberLoving Store.

Skeletons, Ghouls and Rotational Symmetry

5 Oct

Amazing Skeleton snowflake by She Walks Softly Author and a great demonstration of rotational symmetry.

This Ghouls and bats template can be downloaded from here, courtesy of Extreme Cards Blog Spot showing rotational symmetry of order four.

halloween kirigami

A wide variety of creepy snowflake templates can be downloaded from PaperPumpkins

A rotational spider template can be downloaded from New Halloween Games here.

These snowflakes are great and look amazing when done but they require a steady hand. Instead you could ask pupils to create their own spooky snowflake with a given order of symmetry.

Check out Matters of Grey and Anthony Herrera’s star wars snowflakes which are fabulous and should be kept in mind for Christmas.

Join this activity with the hama bead activity described in Hama Bead & Symmetry blog here for another rotational symmetry activity, you may want to buy extra orange and black beads for Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Number Loving! Get in touch @numberloving and check out our free and premium resources in our TES NumberLoving Store.

Witches Brew, Ratio, Proportioning and Costings

5 Oct

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!

Another of our Mathematical Halloween themed activities is using ratio and proportion to make witches brew.

The Brew

Download the recipe sheet I used with a low ability year 7 group here; Witches brew Recipe Sheet.

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.

The Lesson

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!

Further Ideas

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!

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