Here is a post on Lego Fractions by New York Grade 3 teacher Alycia Zimmerman. Surprisingly I found this on an art website.

Just play with the Lego blocks. Add and subtract … you can even multiply and divide.

Next time.

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Here is a post on Lego Fractions by New York Grade 3 teacher Alycia Zimmerman. Surprisingly I found this on an art website.

Just play with the Lego blocks. Add and subtract … you can even multiply and divide.

Next time.

Mathspig is in Melbourne, Australia. We’re in Lockdown. AGAIN!

And toilet paper has disappeared off the supermarket shelves. AGAIN.

So today we are doing maths based entirely on toilet paper using information from the Toilet Paper Fun Facts website. Yes! It exists **here**.

**Toilet Paper Fun Facts Website**

**Protractor Wind Speed Calculator**

**POP UP ANS Q 1 & 2 Yr 7&8 Toilet Paper fun facts**

**Pythagoras Equation Diagram here**

**Here is the Sine Rule (Watch 1.5 mins)**

**Check sine curve here:**

**Listen to sine curve here:**

You will find the background pattern here.

The absolute delight of **Spurious Correlations **is its craziness. Tyler Vigen is studying law at Harvard Law School, but he puts together the most ridiculous data you can imagine to show the correlation between eg. Per capita cheese consumption AND the number of people who died by getting tangled in their bed sheets, people who drowned after falling out of a fishing boat AND the marriage ration Kentucky. Of course, what Tyler is demonstrating is the basic maths principle, mathspiggies, that correlation is not causation. Here is one of his fabulous graphs:

Here is one graph from Spurious Correlati0ns (above) and the cover of Tyler’s New Book (below).

**Math with Bad Drawings** is run by Ben Orlin. He describes himself as ‘a math maths teacher in Birmingham, England. Before that, I taught in Oakland, California. I’ve taught (or am currently teaching!) every level of mathematics from ages 12 to 18.’

Not only is Ben’s humorous and fascinating take on maths interesting, his philosophy of life is worth a read too. e.g. *We are all simultaneously experts and beginners, flaunting our talents while trying to cover our shortcomings the way an animal hides a wound.’*

Here are two delightful examples of his maths with bad drawings:

**Mathspig** has written about the fabulous **What if?** blog before.

Randall Munroe is a pro web cartoonist, maths nut and maths guru who answers crazy hypothetical questions using maths. His home website is__ xkcd__.

__His TED lecture is ____here____.__

Randall offers this warning to his KXCD blog: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). Of course, this makes his blog even more interesting. Maths, profanity and silly humour. Bring it on.

How What if? blog asks and answers interesting questions:

What would happen if I dug straight down, at a speed of 1 foot per second? What would kill me first?

Could a bird deliver a standard 20″ New York-style cheese pizza in a box? And if so, what kind of bird would it take?

Here is one example:

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And his book What if? Can be found **here**.

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The joy of **Yan’s One Minute Math blog** is his eclectic collection of topics from . **Kow-Cheong Yan** is a Singapore-based teacher, math consultant, math blogger and maths book author (Grade 1- 6).

**The Lighter Side of Innumeracy** gives an insight into maths incompetence and superstition in Singapore. It shows that charlatans can still prey on the innumerate. And Yan’s critique of Drill-and-Kill texts promoted in Singapore is refreshing in an age where politicians are forever calling for Back-to-basics teaching methods for maths.

But my favourite post on Yan’s blog is;

**Mathematical Fiction** is not optional. The number of novels using maths as a theme is inspiring especially with Yan adding a comment like this:

If you’re looking for math, women, sex, and back-stabbing, *The Wild Numbers* (Philibert Schogt) is a math melodrama unlikely to disappoint.

**Mathjokes4mathyfolks** is run by my good math(s) friend Patrick Vennebush, who lives in Virginia with his wife, twin boys and his Golden Retriever Remy. He loves math(s), laughing and telling jokes. He also runs online projects for National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Patrick believes math(s) should be fun and his blog includes jokes, problems and real-life challenges. His collection of jokes is published in a book and cover the gamete from cool to Dad-style jokes. Here’s an example:

Here are some examples from his blog:

**Simultaneous Equations and Pizza**

**Angle of Opportunity** looks at the angle a boy should pee in the toilet bowl without splatter fallout!!!!

Here is Math Fail on **Facebook**. And here is the **Math Fail** blog run by Self proclaimed Math Geek Mike, who explains that in addition to math fails, you will find a huge collection of geeky math jokes, interesting math facts, dumb math news, puzzles, speed math advice, math related comics, funny math pictures and more!! (It is not a Cheeseburger Fail blog.)

It is just a fun blog to explore. Here are some examples.

Who can be offended? They’re just numbers!!!!

Debbie O’Sullivan’s pinterest stream **Math Puns/Jokes** is worth a visit or two.

The **Math Cartoons & Humor** is pinterest run by Jiji the penguin. Actually, the penguin didn’t do it. Jiji the penguin is the mascot of STMath, a commercial education system that teaches math visually, and with minimum language, in the USA. Here are some examples of the humor:

Mashup Math is mind blowing from its math philosophy to its eclectic approach. Anthony Persico runs MashUp Math. He has taught in NY, VA, and CO and runs a YouTube channel. He believes in inclusive math education,that all students learn math differently and that the one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective. The worksheets, teacher resources supplied via mathmashup are FREE!

Here is the Facebook link to **Mathmashup**:

This is a screen shot of his roller coaster youtube clip on gradient or slope!!!

Here is his **Mathsmashup You Tube channel **(above), which is designed to help visual learners.

Here are some amazing sports stats (above) from the **LA Times**. Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant’s 30,699th and final field goal came from 19 feet with 31 seconds left against the Utah Jazz. This picture below shows every one of the 30,699 goals he scored. AMAAAAAAZING!

Math Antics Youtube Channel is run by, Rob and Jeremy, who are both funny and clear in their maths clips, which are directed mainly at Middle school. The youtube lessons are free, but Rob and Jeremy do charge teachers US$20 for a year of worksheets.

Their Math Antics website is **here**.

Base 10 video screen grab.

Order of Operations Screen grab.

Here are just a few of the popular disaster movies:

**Avalanche **(2001),** Earthquake **(1974)**, Armageddon **(Involves meteors 1998),** Deep Impact **(More meteors 1998),** 2012 **(Tsunamis, earthquakes, the lot. 2009)**, Twister **(tornadoes 1996), **Backdraft **(Fire. 1991) and** Towering Inferno** (They don’t make thunderous movie titles like that anymore. (1974)

But what percentage of people involved in, say, an explosion suffer from SHOCK! There are many statistics about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) available. In **one excellent study** in The National Centre for PTSD Journal involved an explosion in a paint factory in Norway (1976), the 246 employees were ranked for their exposure to shock as follows:.

A. 66 Narrow escape

B. 59 Involved but not in danger

C. 121 Not present on the day.

80% Group A suffered shock and PTSD. Both Groups A & B showed symptoms of PTSD 7 months later. If, say, a plane crashed into your school sports field and your class survived with minor injuries calculate how many students in your maths class would go into SHOCK and how many would be left to take action using the above statistics.

These stats can also be used as a fraction or decimal exercise using 0.8 or 4/5 as the fraction of students in shock.

More information at the** Health Dept WA**

NOTE: Many schools in Australia today not only practise fire drills but terrorist attack lockdowns.

Here is a post on Lego Fractions by New York Grade 3 teacher Alycia Zimmerman. Surprisingly I found this on an art website.

Mathspig found this Lego Maths so much fun she thought she’d try some more. Here is the result:

This post is really a PR exercise for sharks. We fear them. We’re horrified by the thought of being eaten alive!!!. We only have to hear the sound track from JAWS to feel the fear.

Why do we fear sharks? Look at the numbers. REALLY. Show your students. What about stairs??? Quad bikes? Chairs? Bees? That’s when you should feel the fear!!! We are irrational beings. This is why we need maths. We can make rational decisions using maths. There is also a safety message here. The maths speaks for itself. We won’t hammer it.

There is lots of maths you can do with these tables.

- Bar Graphs
- Pie Charts
- Ratios (What’s the ratio of death by Snake to Quad Bike?)
- Fractions (Show death by jet ski to falling down stairs as a fraction)
- Percentages
- Powers to the base 10. How many deaths occur in each country per 100,000 or 1 x 10
^{5 }head of population for, say, Quad bikes or ATVs? We can use these numbers to compare death rates and find out how dangerous riding a Quad bike is in each country.

……..**Population Data**:

……..Aust…23 million = 23 x 10^{6}

……..USA…319 million = 319 x 10^{6}

……..Canada…35 million = 35 x 10^{6}

……..UK…64 million = 64 x 10^{6}

But we’re doing this for the SHARKS!!!

- Cyclists. 2. emergency lanes 3. fell off a chair 4.QUAD BIKES. 5. Horse, donkey. 6. buses 7. Cow, bull. 8. ice skates, skis or skateboards. 9. Venemous snake 10. kangaroo 11. bee 12. emu 13. Jet ski 14. Shark 15. Crocodile

1. Quad Bike or ATV: In 2007, 107 children younger than 16 were killed on ATVs. 2. Cyclists 3. choke on vomit 4. Cats, cows, horses, pigs, raccoons. 5. Bees, wasps 6.PWC or Jet Ski 7. Lightning 8. Xmas tree fires 9. Snowboard 10. Venomous Spider 11. Scorpions 12. Venomous Snakes , lizards. 13.Crocs & gators 14. Shark

- ATV Quad Bike 2. Canoe 3. Kayak 4. PWC or Jet Ski 5. Unpowered inflatable 6. Avalanches or landslides. 7. Lightning 8. Toboggan 9. Moose –Car collision 10. Bears (All Nth America) 11. Rattle Snake 12. Wolves 13. Shark

- falling down stairs. 2. Cyclists. 3. Choke on vomit 4. Falling off Chairs 5. QUAD BIKE or ATV 6. Buses 7. Struck by cow, horse, other mammal 8. hornets, wasps, bees. 9. PWC or jet ski .10. Parachutists. 11. Skateboards, ice skates, skis 12. Canoe. 13. Shark