In this month's News you will find:
New Resource: Menu Maths Packs
Working Mathematically with Infants
Full day workshop
Maths on the Mat Expanded
Tasks of the Month
Task 146, Haberdasher's Problem
Task 173, Crossing The River 1
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- New Resource: Menu Maths Packs
Menu Maths is about choice and Menu Maths Packs offer the choice of at least five investigations on each menu. Four menus are available and all use Poly Plug as their special ingredient. Each menu is presented on a full colour laminated card and addresses a different curriculum strand. Each is suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities.
- Poly Plug Puzzles A - Computation, Pattern, Generalisation, Algebra
- Poly Plug Puzzles B - Logic & Reasoning
- Poly Plug Puzzles C - Chance & Data, Computation
- Poly Plug Puzzles D - Number, Computation, Pattern
Menus can be used as a smorgasbord or teachers can lead students to a deeper experience of a menu item by either writing an Investigation Guide or building a whole class investigation around the item. Menu Maths has its own Mathematics Centre page for sharing Investigation Guides and stories of success using the Menu approach.
Menu Maths Packs are great way to introduce - or extend - Working Mathematically experiences in your classroom using a limited number of problems (which decreases your preparation) and Poly Plug which looks good, feels good, is easy to control and easy to pack up (which decreases your potential stress level).
Full details in the Link List below.
- Working Mathematically with Infants: Full day workshop
Critical Agendas has once again invited us to present this unique, practical workshop day for teachers of 5 - 7 year olds. The session will be held on May 8th at The Centre, Ivanhoe. Based on the threaded activities developed through the Calculating Changes network integrated with whole class investigations appropriate to the age, this workshop offers an exciting, refreshing, classroom-based approach to enhancing children's number sense. Experience lots of activities and explore the WMI kit which offers 60 weeks of scope and sequence planning over three years from Prep to Year 2.
See the Link List below to find:
- the application form with more details
- one school's excitement about their success with WMI
- details of the WMI kit.
- Maths on the Mat Expanded
Earlier this year I was approached by two teachers from opposite sides of the world (Victoria and England!) for a copy of my 1993 article Maths on a Plastic Mat, which appears to have been the starting point for others to use this whole body involving learning tool. Scraping through my highly organised hard drive (cough, cough), I was able to find both this article and another I wrote in 1996 to compliment (and complement) the work that Matt Skoss, Alice Springs, has been doing in this area. Parts of both articles were already on site in a contribution titled Maths Mat History, but I have now added both articles as PDF files and refreshed the collection of text a little. May I suggest a second look if you are interested in this form of learning. I would be very happy to continuing adding to this knowledge if you have stories to tell about using the mat. See Link List below.
- Tasks of the Month
Two new cameos this month.
- Haberdasher's Problem is a four piece jigsaw with a history. In the late 19th century a well-known challenge was to dissect an equilateral triangle so that the rearranged the pieces formed a square. The task includes four pieces based on the construction Henry Ernest Dudeney used to solve this problem with the fewest pieces. Can the students make them into an equilateral triangle and a square? Can they transform one shape into the other?
- Crossing The River 1 is a logic and reasoning problem which quickly becomes number, pattern and algebra when you count the moves and ask What happens if...? This cameo includes an Investigation Guide and a suggested adaptation for young children.
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