## Posts Tagged ‘junior school’

February 8, 2023
**Summer Holidays are done. School is BACK in Australia. But how do middle school teachers get students excited about Maths? Here are some ideas.**

“**A growing body of research shows us that outdoor play leads to better physical and mental health, has positive effects on cognitive function and learning, and reduces the incidence of behavioural problems**.” Maria Zotti, **Nature Play, SA**.

Peter Dunstan, Principal Kilkenny PS, SA, writes in **SAPPA** magazine, Primary Focus, that outdoor play fosters “**wonderment, independence and freedom**” as well as “**social skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving**”.

Inspired by SAPPA and NaturePlay, Mathspig has produced her own outdoorsy maths list:

References:

7. Robin Hood Give us your best shot.

9. You can measure the volume of your lungs by blowing one breath into a balloon and pushing it into a full bucket of water. Measure the overflow.

15: Outdoor Maths: Times Tables

21. Light intensity links. Here and here.

25. Sound Volume Measurement

36. Killer heels that really kill.

Posted in 41 maths things to do before you're 12, Junior School, Maths Piglets, Uncategorized **|** Tagged 12, 41, activities, amazing, challenge, exciting, Fun, funny, great, inspiring, junior school, Math %, Middle school, Outdoor, Problems **|** Leave a Comment »

September 16, 2022
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.**

Check out Mathpig’s protractor joke here.

**Another fab idea from Juliet Robertson.**

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Posted in %, angles, Arithmetic, Circle C, geometry, Ratio, symmetry, tables, units length **|** Tagged activities, adventures, angles, circle, circumference, geometry, junior school, length, outdoor math, primary school, Roman Numerals, scale, tables, units, World Cup Soccer **|** Leave a Comment »

September 12, 2019
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.**

Check out Mathpig’s protractor joke here.

**Another fab idea from Juliet Robertson.**

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Posted in %, angles, Arithmetic, Circle C, geometry, Ratio, symmetry, tables, units length **|** Tagged activities, adventures, angles, circle, circumference, geometry, junior school, length, outdoor math, primary school, Roman Numerals, scale, tables, units, World Cup Soccer **|** Leave a Comment »

March 25, 2019

“**A growing body of research shows us that outdoor play leads to better physical and mental health, has positive effects on cognitive function and learning, and reduces the incidence of behavioural problems**.” Maria Zotti, **Nature Play, SA**.

Peter Dunstan, Principal Kilkenny PS, SA, writes in **SAPPA** magazine, Primary Focus, that outdoor play fosters “**wonderment, independence and freedom**” as well as “**social skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving**”.

Inspired by SAPPA and NaturePlay, Mathspig has produced her own outdoorsy maths list:

References:

7. Robin Hood Give us your best shot.

9. You can measure the volume of your lungs by blowing one breath into a balloon and pushing it into a full bucket of water. Measure the overflow.

15: Outdoor Maths: Times Tables

21. Light intensity links. Here and here.

25. Sound Volume Measurement

36. Killer heels that really kill.

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January 18, 2019
Posted in 10 MATH JOKES, Middle School, Year 7 mathspig, Year 9 Mathspig **|** Tagged back to school, Dumb, Fun, funny, I hate, joke, junior school, lunch, Math, Maths, Middle school, socks, Stupid, superpower **|** Leave a Comment »

January 15, 2016
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:

Lego Mean, Median and Mode

Lego Algebra

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September 3, 2014

**Hello Little Creatures,…………………………………………**

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**Here’s the BIG QUESTION:****…………………………………**

**Is our maths teaching too safe?**

**Does this risk-averse teaching not only make maths boring, but encourage MATHS PHOBIA in children?**

Pam Kent, President SAPPA

**Pam Kent, President of the South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA) writes that ‘risk-averseness looms large’ in teaching today, yet ‘current research strongly supports the notion of risk taking for effective learning’.**

**This research includes work by Ellen Sandseter, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Queen Maud Uni College, Norway.**

**Sandseter claims that children are born to take risks and this is how they learn to deal with such things as fear of heights. (See: Can playgrounds be to safe? John, Tierney, New York Times, 18 JUL 2011) If children do not tackle a fear of heights, say, they can develop a phobia.**

**To tackle Maths Phobia Mathspig has written a list of**

**to get them:…………****,…………………………………………**

***outdoors…………..****,…………………………………………**

***thinking mathematically in the real world,**

**and *expose them to higher level maths………………..**

**Take No 21. Kids get this. As you get further and further away from the candle the sphere gets bigger so the brightness decreases. They don’t have to do the maths. But tell them ‘This is university maths, but very interesting’.**

**As for No 37: How do you break your teeth playing pool? Well, if you leave your hand on the pool table or lean on the cushion the ball can cannon off the opposite cushion and run back up your arm and smash your teeth. (Ref. Mathspig’s brother)**

**Cheerio**

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## Mathspig

Posted in Junior School, Maths NEWS, mathspig **|** Tagged Adventure, Classroom Ideas for Maths Teachers, fear, Fun, I hate math, inspire, junior school, Math phobia, motivate, Outdoor, Pam Kent, risk adverse, SAPPA, teaching **|** Leave a Comment »

September 1, 2014

“**A growing body of research shows us that outdoor play leads to better physical and mental health, has positive effects on cognitive function and learning, and reduces the incidence of behavioural problems**.” Maria Zotti, **Nature Play, SA**.

Peter Dunstan, Principal Kilkenny PS, SA, writes in **SAPPA** magazine, Primary Focus, that outdoor play fosters “**wonderment, independence and freedom**” as well as “**social skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving**”.

Inspired by SAPPA and NaturePlay, Mathspig has produced her own outdoorsy maths list:

References:

7. Robin Hood Give us your best shot.

9. You can measure the volume of your lungs by blowing one breath into a balloon and pushing it into a full bucket of water. Measure the overflow.

15: Outdoor Maths: Times Tables

21. Light intensity links. Here and here.

25. Sound Volume Measurement

36. Killer heels that really kill.

Posted in 41 maths things to do before you're 12, Junior School, Middle School, Year 7 mathspig **|** Tagged 12, 41, activities, amazing, challenge, exciting, Fun, funny, great, inspiring, junior school, Math, Middle school, Outdoor, Problems **|** 3 Comments »

June 30, 2014

### 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.

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

#### Other outdoor maths adventures on this blog:

#### 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

Posted in mathspig, Middle School, Rates, statspig **|** Tagged Adventure, HIgh Heel Angles, How to make big bucks gambling, Joke Graph, junior school, Lucky Numbers, Math %, Math Joke, Middle school, Outdoor, Richard Louv, The Last child in the woods, Twilight Maths, World Cup Soccer, Zombie Maths **|** Leave a Comment »

June 30, 2014

**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.**

Check out Mathpig’s protractor joke here.

**Another fab idea from Juliet Robertson.**

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Posted in 10 Outdoor Maths Adventures: Grade 3 -5, Circle C, D and r, direct proportion, Junior School, Ratio, Roman Numerals, symmetry, tables **|** Tagged activities, adventures, angles, circle, circumference, geometry, junior school, Math %, measuring, outdoor math, primary school, Roman Numerals, scale, tables, World Cup Soccer **|** 3 Comments »