A team activity for the whole family.
## Preparation- Don't recycle the Sunday paper (or any other) until you first reuse it for maths.
- Masking tape
- Scissors
- Camera
- Write the title of this challenge and today's date on a fresh page in your maths journal.
Or you might record the family's activity on your preferred social media platform.
## Making the Maths EquipmentWork as a team to make these two sizes of rolled newspaper.
- Keep half your tight rolls to use as sticks.
- Cut the others through the middle masking tape.
- The two short pieces can be bent to join the tubes.
Have fun exploring maths with the Sunday Paper.
## Shapes
"Do you know any other shape?" Challenge ## ObjectsOma joined in and asked, "What happens if we build up like this?", as she pointed a newspaper stick up from the corner of a triangle.Piper helped her to finish it and they made something that had four triangles.
After you try you can check in the Answers below. Piper and Grampa decided to try the same idea starting with a square. They made a new object.
After you try you can check in the Answers below. Challenges - Add some more tubes to one of your pyramids to turn it into a house.
- What is the tallest newspaper object you can make that will stand up by itself?
## Stuff with Sticks
Making Symbols
- Can you make your age?
- Can you make your house number?
- Can you make the equation 2 + 3 = 5?
- Make up your own equation and check it on the calculator.
- Can you make letter of the alphabet? You might need more sticks.
- What do your initials look like?
Making Patterns
- If I tell you any number of triangles, can you tell me how to calculate the number of sticks?
- Suppose I don't understand your explanation, could you tell me how to do it another way?
- What happens if we go back to the start and investigate a chain of squares?
## What's It Worth?
Looking across the whole new window it is two (2) rows of three squares. - Suppose the rows are worth 21¢ each. What is the value of each column? What is the value of the whole window?
- Suppose the rows are worth 84¢ each. What is the value of each column? What is the value of the whole window?
- Give your own value to the rows. Work out the value of each column and the whole window.
- Suppose the columns are worth 18¢ each. What is the value of each row? What is the value of the whole window?
- Suppose the columns are worth 96¢ each. What is the value of each row? What is the value of the whole window?
- Give your own value to the columns. Work out the value of each row and the whole window?
- Suppose the whole window is worth 90¢. What is the value of each row and each column and each square?
- Suppose the whole window is worth $3·06. What is the value of each row and each column and each square?
- Give your own value to the whole window. Work out the value of each row, each column and the whole window.
Extra Challenges
The whole is the hexagon. - triangles - 6 of them
- rhombuses - 3 of them
- trapeziums - 2 of them
Do this a few times with different values for different parts or the whole. ## Just Before You Finish- Remember to send us photos of the things you made or did in this activity.
- In your journal write and draw about all the things you have learned while you have been exploring how to use the Sunday paper.
- Read your Working Like A Mathematician page again and write two or more sentences explaining how you worked like a mathematician.
## Answers & Discussion
She also thought it was a good place to keep her swords.
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