It’s Autumn in UK & FALL in the USA so it’s the perfect time for a little bit of outdoor math for Grade 3-5 with AUTUMN leaves. Of course, you don’t need FALL LEAVES for this exercise, but it is colorful.

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.

This idea comes from Burkard and Giuseppe @ the fabulous MATHOLOGER channel. Students can make a pattern called a cardioid that pops up all over math according to Burkard.

Follow these steps. There is a pdf file below the first diagram for printing exercise sheets.

And then watch the MATHOLOGER video for a really interesting explanation.

It’s Autumn in UK & FALL in the USA so it’s the perfect time for a little bit of outdoor math for Grade 3-5 with AUTUMN leaves. Of course, you don’t need FALL LEAVES for this exercise, but it is colorful.

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.

This idea comes from Burkard and Giuseppe @ the fabulous MATHOLOGER channel. Students can make a pattern called a cardioid that pops up all over math according to Burkard.

Follow these steps. There is a pdf file below the first diagram for printing exercise sheets.

And then watch the MATHOLOGER video for a really interesting explanation.

They take their maths seriously in Germany. They have monuments to mathematicians. They name streets after mathematicians. They take maths into shopping malls.

They think maths is so important they even put maths on stairs. Here is some times tables art from Germany.

So you are in Grade 3. You are asked to do this:Use the repeated multiplication strategy to solve: 5 x 3. Here’s your answer:

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Firstly, give the kid a cigar. According to The Telegraph, UK, the kid is only in Grade 3 and can read: repeated multiplication strategy without their head exploding.Secondly, this kid understands the question.

5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 except, according to the teacher, this answer is wrong.

The answer should be:

3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3

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According to The Telegraph :The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in the US defended how the paper was marked, saying it gives students a better understanding of the problems they are solving.

Of course, the NCTM is suggesting:

5 x 3 = 5 times 3 = 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3

5 x X = 5 times X = X + X + X + X + X

But what about:

X x 3 = ?

X x 3 = X times 3 = 3 times X = X + X + X

Mathematicians have to think like this! They must be nibble. Mathematicians must think for themselves.

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Too many kids hate maths due to FEAR or BOREDOM. How much would you hate maths if you got correct answers marked WRONG?

And how much would you FEAR the next maths test?

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Needless to say, I’m with Bart. Math teachers should not mark right answers wrong for any reason.More reasons why kids hate maths here: BEWARE OF MATHS FUNDAMENTALISTS

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.

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!!!!!!