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7. Funky, Fab and Fantastic. Yeah! That’s Middle School Maths

September 7, 2016

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Funky, Fab and Fantastic INTRO

The Maths Mystery Box is a great treasure chest to take into maths classes. It can be used an an extension exercise or to engage some disengaged students.

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The IDEA is to use concrete objects and write a maths problem to go with the object. (See examples below) The appeal of the MATHS MYSTERY BOX is that it involves CONCRETE THINKING, sort of.  All text books involve ABSTRACT thinking, which some students do not like.

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A student picks a maths problem from the box. A problem can be simple or complex. But it is not just a maths problem. The student gets to hold an object in their hand. They have to devise their own method of approach. And they must be resourceful. ie. use equipment at hand eg. their phone as a stop watch. Students like this activity. Even maths teachers like this activity as Mathspig found out at her workshop in Hamburg.

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This is what the graph should look like.

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Bob the Beetle moves very fast and students have to use available tools eg. phones to calculate his speed.

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You’ll find the answer here.

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Safety Lecture: Do not flick at anyone. But it is fun.

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2 comments

  1. […] 7. Maths You Hold in Your Hand […]


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