Who are we?
Hello Number Lovers! My name is Sharon Kelly (was Derbyshire) and I started the NumberLoving blog in 2011, it is a place where I share teaching ideas and resources for teaching mathematics. I am a mathematics teacher in Liverpool, England with 17 years of experience across four different secondary schools.
I have had a range of responsibilities during that time; Numeracy Coordinator, Second in Maths, Head of Maths and now I am an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Mathematics and staff CPD, particularly CPD of those at the start of their career. However, I still remain in the classroom teaching 60% timetable and as such my passion remains for creating resources that engage pupils, so that they may develop a love of Mathematics too.
What is NumberLoving LTD?
NumberLoving has evolved and alongside our blog we now offer a range of free and premium resources which can be downloaded and ready to print and go. The resources we share, both free and premium, have all developed from our own classroom practise. For each resource the questions have been careful thought out with a range of difficulty covered. Where appropriate the resources are differentiated to suit a range of abilities, differing in the level of difficulty as indicated by the colours red, amber and green (green being the hardest).
We have organised our products by strand so that you can easily search for the topic you need; i.e. algebra, number, geometry & measure, data & probability. Our products come in a range of different ‘activity types’ such as; Treasure Hunts, Math Art, Mysteries, Fan & Pick Cards, Task Cards and worksheets. Below is a quick summary of each activity type or go straight to our shop here.
One of our most popular type of activities, it is so versatile in how it is used. The classic approach is to pin the question cards around the classroom, students complete the question on the card and then move around the room to find that answer on the next card with the next question. Check out this blog post “Treasure Hunts” for more ideas.
Maths art includes a worksheet of questions on a specific topic, pupils answer the questions and use the answers to shade in the grid the desired colour, revealing a picture. Check out this blog post “What is the substitute for love” for a free download example of Math Art.
Fortune Tellers (Cootie Catchers)
This two player activity was a childhood favourite of mine; pupils fold the fortune teller following the instruction card provided and then answer the maths questions and revealing the correct answer on the inside. Challenge the pupils to make their own using the template provided. Ceck out this blog post “Mathematics Fortune Tellers” for more details.
This revision activity provides pupils with a place to review a given topic and then test themselves on it again and again. They are a unique way of making revision notes and are great for recall of formulae and methods. Check out this blog post “Fold it to Download it” for more information.
Fan & Pick Question Cards
These cards support cooperative learning in which pupils ask questions and coach within a group. Each card is differentiated with three levels of difficulty. To add versatility to this product we included two versions one with the answer on the card (cooperative learning) and second without the answers so that the cards may be used as question cards. Check out our blog post “Cooperative Learning” for more information.
Task cards are questions presented on individual cards, this reduces the need for mass photocopying as cards can be shared and offers many options for how the teacher may use them for example carousel or relay race.
Tick or Trash
This worksheet activity shows two ‘people’s’ answers to a set of questions, one person is correct and one person is wrong. Students have to decide who is right ‘tick’ and who is wrong ‘trash’. These are perfect to review a topic and tackle common misconceptions which can be discussed from the wrong answer. Check out our blog post “Tick or Trash” for more information.
Spot the Mistakes
This is a twist on the classic Tarsia jigsaws, students are provided with a worksheet with a completed jigsaw, however some of the answers are wrong. Students must systematically check all the answers and when they identify a mistake they must give the correct answer.
Quiz, quiz, Trade QQT
Taken from Cooperative learning approach, print one set of QQT cards and give each pupil a question card. Moving around to pair up, pupils quiz each other and then (if correct) trade cards and move on. They could also be used as question cards, so another versatile resource. Check out our blog post “Cooperative Learning” for more information.
Also known as dragon races, pupils work in teams to run for a question, answer the question and then pick up the next question. Collecting points for each correct answer in a given time span. Check out our blog post “Anything but more past papers” for ideas how relay races can spice up revision sessions and to download our free interactive score board.
Mystery activities are based on a thinking skills activity. Pupils are presented with a series of clue cards, which they need to organise finding a suitable start point in order to solve the question posed by the cards. Check out our blog post “Mathematical Mysteries” for more information.
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