Posts Tagged ‘Fun in maths class’

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1 Fabulous Mathematical Chairs

April 9, 2013

Maths-is-Awesome Activity

Fabulous Mathematical Chairs

Skill: Arithmetic, geometry, measurement

Level: Junior, Middle School

Here are two brilliant ways of using maths to create something awesome. Firstly, using fantubes, you can build a chair.

You would have to work out how many fantubes  you need. Measure up a standard armchair and then divide the width and depth by the diameter of the fantube.

Or you could just count the number of fantubes in this picture. More info here. Then – this is the PR bit – invite the School Principal into Maths Class to sit on the chair. Will your principal have faith? Or chicken out?

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Secondly you could make this folding cardboard chair.

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More info here.

It would be fabulous if every student made a cardboard chair and then you went into the school yard for a lesson!!!

That would get attention.

To make it more fun, how about adding a cardboard teacher!!

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6. You Tube Me!

August 3, 2011

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Video students giving a black or white board explanation of a maths problem and upload to You Tube.

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The trick is to take in some fake moustaches and bowler hats so kids are disguised as detectives.

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It’s part drama, part maths.

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Good for Year 7.

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Older students will be able to do an accurate parody of teachers.

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This is not a problem. You always have the last say so you can tone down over enthusiasm.

Check out this Comstock Park High School Teacher Parody

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15. Royal Gala(h)

August 3, 2011

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Take a dish mop to class. Knight kids who answer questions well. Sir or Lady, Dame or duke or even Baron and Baroness.

Name them after mathematical operations. If they aren’t sure of the word tell them to look it up.

eg.    The Honourable Improper Fraction

         The Honourable Radius

         Dame Diameter

         Duke Palindrome

         Lady Tessellation

         Sir Cumference (See how they react)

         Baroness Von Polygon

         Baron Von Parallel

         Princess Perpendicular

         Prince Parallelogram

         Queen Quadrilateral

         King Co-Ordinates

         Empress Tetrahedron

         Emperor Bernoulli