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Mathspig does WORKSHEETS

September 25, 2015

Mathsppig does worksheets Helloooo my lovely wombats, 

I started this blog several years ago because I found myself trying to convince teachers that maths could be fun, FUN, FUN at conferences. Sometimes it was like talking to a carton of eggs. So I had to show teachers that maths could be fun. With over 900,000 hits, you could say, my evil plan worked. After several years of blogging, I had an epiphany. Having studied maths at university for 5 years, then teaching maths  for 10 years up to and including Year 12, suddenly, I realised I never wanted to know the answer to any maths problem I solved. I simply wanted to get the answer right and move on.

I taught in some tough high schools. On my first day at one high school a student threw a bike off a roof. Now I understand their rage. I loved maths from day 1, but only a small % of students love maths for the challenge. It’s like Latin, a dead language, to many students and therefore ‘booooring’.

So now I concentrate on the TOUGH YEARS: Middle School. Students want to know the answer to the questions I ask. eg. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE A 14 YO TO BLEED TO DEATH? It’s a great graph. They want to know the answer! I aim to make the maths REAL, RELEVANT and FUN.   Maths teachers don’t have time to be creative. So now I’m expanding my empire by creating the WORKSHEETS that I would have wanted for my challenging classes. Roni Bermuda Triangle 2 My friend here, Roni, who is an unidentified marsupial and a little dodgy, will guide you through the worksheets.

I’m following the Common Core Standards for the USA. Hey! I’v done the math! 

So here are the worksheets that motivate students, even difficult students, to DO THE MATH or MATHS. The first one is free and then there’s a small fee and me and Roni are going to clear outa town with all the loot. Ha!

Hot heels 1: ANGLES The Angle of Death

Hot Heels 2: RATIOS Killer Heels vs Trainer No Brainer

Hot Heels 3: Unit Rate Faster than a speeding chicken!

Hot Heels 4: Mean, mode and coffee Oops! ………

………………………………………………………….I got the wobblies!

Hot Heels 5: ALGEBRA You can’t run;You can’t hide.

Picture 1 Me and Roni have some very interesting maths worksheets planned. And they didn’t even fall off the back of a truck!

Cheerio

Mathspig

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June 30, 2014

Mathspig Outdoor Activities

Hellooooooooo My Little Wallaroos,

Mathspig has been reading The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.  He describes school today as a form of ‘passive incarceration’. Too many children live their life indoors exposed to the ‘one-way experience of television and other electronic media’. Many rarely, or never, experience nature or just digging for worms in the garden. And sometimes nature is just around the corner. 

Mathspig lives 10 km from the CBD in Melbourne, Australia. Aussies often joke about riding kangaroos to school or warn of Drop Bears (Koalas that kill tourists dropping from trees). It’s our Aussie sense of humour. Those jokes almost seemed real when these kangaroos turned up by the Yarra river below Mathspig’s house recently. They’re wild roos. I saw them at 9am one Sunday looking at all the joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists on the nearby bike track. They didn’t seem worried. Awesome. Or, maybe, roo-some.

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So outdoors we go, mathpiggeies, to embrace nature and have some grand maths adventures:

Outdoor Maths Adventures: Grade 3 – 5

Outdoor Maths Adventures: Middle School

And don’t forget some Geometry Jokes.

Other outdoor maths adventures on this blog:

The shop is 50 Smoots on your left

Why not invent a new unit of length, make a string in, say, Smoots, and go outside and measure parts of the school.

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Hoo Roo

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Mathspig

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January 23, 2014

Sochi Olympic Mathspig

Hellooooooooo Chilly Chubblies,

Here is some simply fab maths for the Sochi Winter Olympics. You don’t have to jump off a ski ramp to work out what’s going on … just do the chilly maths. 

1. The Real REASON why figure skaters can spin so fast

2. One Rule Aerial Skiers Cannot Break

3. How maths rules ski jumping

4. Why the best figure skater doesn’t always win

5. Beaten by 0.001 seconds

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Bye-de-bye

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Mathspig

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November 15, 2013

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Hellooo my little lovelies,

There is no limit to the maths a girl can do. She can use maths to design earthquake safe buildings, solve a murder or do Hunger Games maths.

But mathspig includes ‘girl’ topics in this maths blog to show girls how maths can be used as a powerful tool to critique pop culture:

Killer heels that really kill

Odd Bods in Marie Claire

or just to have fun:

Geometric Hair

And now and again pop culture turns up some very good maths promos for girls. 

Hey, Year 9 maths girls! Watch This.

Popular Culture and MEAN GIRLS Maths

Bye-de-bye

Mathspig

PS: You do not have to like pink. In fact, most people prefer blue. (See Time Magazine. Why Girls Like Pink) But, mathpiggies, pigs are pink!!!! And Mathspig lervs pink piggies.

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July 25, 2013

 

 

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Helloooooo Little Mutants,

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This week I’m soooooooo excited about

Wolverine the movie

I just had to do lots of X-men maths.

Read on Mutants.

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Cheerio

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Porkerine

aka Mathspig

 

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July 9, 2013

Hello Sweet Peas,

This week we are busting Maths Myths. There are many Urban Myths involving maths.

Myths involving maths work because the number sounds sort of right.

eg. Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Drink 64 fl oz or 1.89 litres of water a day  does NOT sound quite right, yet this is the same volume of water!!

Here is an Urban Myth involving maths from Mythbusters.

In 2009 (Episode 117) Grant, Tory, and Kari investigated the Myth that a giant 2m (7 ft) Lego ball rolling down a hill could smash a car.

They borrowed 1 million blocks and with all hands on deck built a 1,400 kg (3,000 pound) ball.

Did it smash the car?Nah! It fell to bits first.

Myth Busted.

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But you can turn yourself into a Little Lego Character here.

There is a fabulous exercise for middle school maths with worksheets on how rumours spread @ 6 degrees of separation.

Now on with the Maths Myth Busting

Cheerio

Mathspig

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June 25, 2013

Mathspig Goes MentalistHellooooooo Sweeties,…………………………………………..

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This week two NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T tricks.

One with cards and another with your money … that is, if you like the pokies.

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Cheerio

Mathspig