February 4, 2011

February 4, 2011

## Top 10 Funny Maths Videos

September 10, 2010

James Blunt : Love Triangle

That’s Mathematics  Song plus Maths Mistakes Galore!!!

Tom Lehrer:  New Maths

Fab I will derive Song

Weird but funny!

I am Algebra

How to AVOID the Top Ten Algebra Mistakes

by Following these Top Ten Algebra Rules

Fractions to Beatles Song

And now for our Celebrity Top of the Pops:

Simba Sings a Maths Song

August 25, 2009

It is Friday, the weather is improving, it’s time to take maths outside. You mathspigs know about Gardner and Multiple Intelligences. This week’s exercise involves kinesthetic learning.

Thanks to mathspigs Sophie and Ivy, both 7, for the Pig Art. Now to maths business.

Evey kid in the class should have a shirt with a number. Most schools have a set of  soccer, Aussie rules, basketball shirts or singlets. Or you can to choose one number each between 1 and, say, 25 or the size of the class. Students can draw the number on an A4 sheet and tape it to their chest.  You can make two teams and score the game or just have some random fun. If you score a game appoint an official scorer. It’s good for their maths.

You can do +, – , X, / .

Friday Maths Madness 1:  Put two kids from one team in the middle of both teams. Say 7 , 8. Then yell ADD. The answer has to run out to the middle. Or yell take away. Again the answer must run to the centre for the team to score. Make up the sums as you go along. Note: Madness increases when answers aren’t available. (1 Point for correct ‘running’ answer. )

Friday Maths Madness 2: This time the answer is in the middle of the two teams. Again call out add … the first two numbers to run out get a point each. Repeat. You can also yell take away etc. (1 Point for each correct answer)

Friday Maths Madness 3: Now everyone in a team has to form an even number with another student. This should work like musical chairs. There may be one odd student. Then they have to form odd numbers with a pair. ( 1 point  for each pair.)

Friday Maths Madness 4: This is about times tables. Line up the teams. Call out for all… 3 times tables numbers to go in the middle. Repeat for 2, 4, 5 etc. ( 1 point for each team with correct answers in numerical order)

Friday Maths Madness 5: This is a time trial. Ask teams to form a line from the lowest to the highest number. Then yell ready set go. You can do this for evens only, odds only.  (5 points for correct numerical lines.)

Friday Maths Madness 6: Ask each team to send out the numbers that they think add up to your age!!!! That should be entertaining. Tell them you are going to take away lots of points if they make you too old or too young. Ham it up!!!!!!

## What are maths teachers for, sir?

July 17, 2009

A major fast food firm, all right, McDonald’s has put the entire Australian Year 7 – 12 Maths curriculum on line and it is FREE!!! #mce_temp_url#

I never thought I’d be enthusing over McAlgebra or McTrigonometry or McX, but this site has been recommended to me by maths teachers and it looks great. Students can view worked examples of maths problems, hear the problems solved step-by-step, work at their own pace and even track their progress through the website.

If the entire maths curriculum can be accessed for free on line what ARE maths teachers for?

Gather round mathspigs and I will tell you why we need maths teachers.

Maths is boooooring for the majority of students. It needs a maths teacher to breath fire into the concepts to make them interesting, relevant and exciting. Otherwise, students feel maths is on a par with re-translating the dead scrolls.

Mathspig’s mission is to provide maths teachers with fun, pop-culture based, media-savvy maths to excite students about the whole idea of maths. These topics can be used by maths teachers in the same way retailers use ‘loss leaders’. Get them in the door and you can sell ‘em anything…. almost!!!!!!

Since maths teachers often moan about students not knowing their tables… here is a COOL MATHS GAME called

MATH LINES : X-FACTOR which is all about using your knowledge of tables …quickly.  #mce_temp_url#

This is how I would use it in the classroom. Get this game up on the Smartboard and call kids up one at a time to have a go!!!!!! It’s fun.

And it is FREE  x FREE = FREE !!!!!!!!

## It’s the Game of Pig for Maths Piglets?????

June 17, 2009

Mathspig would like to thank Isobella and Georgia both 9 years old of Cottesloe , Perth, WA who let me have these wonderful drawings of pigs to put on this mathspig blog.

What better way to celebrate such go0d mathspig work than to introduce you to

THE GAME OF PIG on nrich.maths.org website. #mce_temp_url#

It can be played by maths piglets and all the members of the family. By the way, don’t think pigs are stoopid… this one might out smart you.

Thanks Isobella and Georgia!!!!!

## Go to sleep counting Porsches?

May 28, 2009

Here is an online counting game for Grade 1 Maths Piglets by Cynthia Lanius.

It is very simple ….. but there is no counting fingers … or even sheep.   #mce_temp_url#

Maths Piglets get to count beating hearts, tap dancing frogs and even Porsches!!!!!!!

Now  everybody sing along: What the world needs now is people who can count …. not just for one, but for everyone. What the world needs now is ……

## I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles …. Strange Behaviour But Fun too !!!!!

May 11, 2009

Here is an online game for smart little maths piglets….. Grade 1 – 3.

A part of Mathspig’s mission is to bring fun into the classroom at every level.  Here is a great FREE on line maths game  for  maths piglets from Grade 1 – 3. It is simply called Magic Bubble.

It’s about ordering numbers with a MAGIC BUBBLE. #mce_temp_url#

Not as easy as you first think, Mmmmmmmm!!!!!!

## Announcing: Maths Piglets

May 5, 2009

Due to popular demand …….. someone asked mathspig for some fun maths for kids in the early childhood years.

So we begin:

TEST the TEACHER  …………. Here is a Maths Test below written by a Grade 1 student of very high principles for her teacher. A Grade 1 student does want to know if her teacher can or cannot do maths.  So Grade 1 teachers ask your students to write you a test and  correct it too. Kids like to do this. Power to the maths piglets!!!!!!!