June 30, 2014

### Hellooooooooo My Little Wallaroos,

#### Mathspig has been reading *The Last Child in the Woods* by Richard Louv. He describes school today as a form of ‘passive incarceration’. Too many children live their life indoors exposed to the ‘one-way experience of television and other electronic media’. Many rarely, or never, experience nature or just digging for worms in the garden. And sometimes nature is just around the corner.

#### Mathspig lives 10 km from the CBD in Melbourne, Australia. Aussies often joke about riding kangaroos to school or warn of Drop Bears (Koalas that kill tourists dropping from trees). It’s our Aussie sense of humour. Those jokes almost seemed real when these kangaroos turned up by the Yarra river below Mathspig’s house recently. They’re wild roos. I saw them at 9am one Sunday looking at all the joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists on the nearby bike track. They didn’t seem worried. Awesome. Or, maybe, roo-some.

#### So outdoors we go, mathpiggeies, to embrace nature and have some grand maths adventures:

#### Other outdoor maths adventures on this blog:

#### Why not invent a new unit of length, make a string in, say, Smoots, and go outside and measure parts of the school.

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## Mathspig

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June 30, 2014

**This fab idea comes from Juliet Robertson, an outdoor education consultant in Scotland. ****Her blog Creative star learning is one of the most inspiring outdoor maths blogs you will find.**

Check out Mathpig’s protractor joke here.

**Another fab idea from Juliet Robertson.**

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June 30, 2014

**Lego Man soccer fields will vary in size depending on the height of each player picked by each student. This does your head in. It is really challenging maths!**

**McGill Uni link here.**

Don’t forget to throw in Mathspig’s lame protractor jokes.

**You’ll find full calculations at the Maths is Fun blog.**

**You’ll find more fab outdoor junior and middle school maths activities at the terrific Maths and Movement blog.**

**Some students will discover their co-ordinate point is not on the grid. Students should then work out that they will need a different scale for the y-axis. You can get more inspiration at the Stand Again blog.**

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June 30, 2014
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May 29, 2014

### Hellooooooooo My Little Sweetpeas,

#### Put it down. Step back from the ch0colate box. Did you know chocolate can kill you? And it takes less than you think. Stop chewing and read on:

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### While we’re looking at spooky DEATH Statistics check out these posts:

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### Maybe, won’t die. Maybe, you will become a ZOMIE. No worries, we have that covered too.

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### Bye-de-bye and watch your step

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# Mathspig

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May 28, 2014
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May 28, 2014
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