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# Poly Plug

A classroom friendly resource with multiple uses. A preferred material of Calculating Changes. A support resource for the Task Centre and Maths300 because it allows easy conversion of many hands-on tasks to whole class investigations.

Picture Puzzles
In this link to the Free Tour explore the slideshow Rows, Rectangles & Multiplication as explained in the paragraph above it. Follow up by visiting teaching notes for Number & Computation A & B menus to discover how Poly Plug can be used in other ways to develop the concept of multiplication and fluency with times tables. The notes are very useful, but the slideshows to which they refer need to be purchased.
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Review: Poly Plug Game Pack (PDF)

Poly Plug on NRICH, UK
NRICH is one of the world's top mathematics education sites. NRICH leaders Lynne McClure and Liz Woodham were introduced to Poly Plug at a conference workshop. As a result they developed and trialed the Poly Plug activities in the next column. Each activity includes teachers' notes, a Flash interactive that can be run on your electronic whiteboard directly from the site and various print materials.

Interactive Whiteboard Slides (Zip file)
Kel Hathaway, Curriculum Officer Learning Technologies, Catholic Education Office Canberra Goulburn, has prepared this (zipped) set of Poly Plug IWB slides to complement various activities.

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All resources above are also listed in this link.

Converting Task 235, Tables for 25, to a whole class investigation.
Wallan Secondary College, Victoria
 All Change Three levels of interactive challenge. For Calculating Changes Members this activity NRICHes Fill The Board. Spot Thirteen A variation of Task 9, Row Points, which is probably best used as an introduction to the task. Poly Plug Pattern Extends a pattern beyond one board. Vicky's Problem from the Calculating Changes Free Tour could be an introduction to this activity. Also, CCh Members could build a pattern unit using these ideas and Pattern Boards, Rory's Pattern Game and Uncover Counting Poly Plug Rectangles This is a variation and extension of Task 114, Where Is The Rectangle?, which offers several levels of challenge in the Teachers' Notes and video from classrooms. The activity is also related to Poly Plug Battleships and Copy Cats in the CCh Free Tour.