Posts Tagged ‘Mad Mad Maths Fun in the Classroom’

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2. Boogey Boogey Bugle Maths

August 3, 2011

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Take bugle into class. When kids do something great promise to play it having explained previously your total incompetence.

Otherwise, play a trumpet fanfare from youtube. You don’t need the visuals, just the sound.

Best ever trumpet fanfare (Note. This was used in 9/11 memorial services so some sensitivity may apply.)

Or, some coronation music.

If youtube is blocked in your school go to IT person to find out how to convert a youtube clip to a downloadable file or go to Vixy.net and paste in URL.

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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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7. I’ve Got Rhythm

August 3, 2011

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Watch this video clip. Get inspired. Then get outside. Start something.

This is a  You Tube clip of MTN Clap shot in Hillbrow Sth Africa.

Here are some lyrics from the MTN Clap shoot:

Three, six, nine

The goose drank wine

The monkey chewed tobacco

On the streetcar line

The line broke

The monkey got choked

And they all went to Heaven

In a little row boat

Clap, pat, clap, pat

Clap, pat, clap, slap

Clap, pat, clap your hand

Now the trick is to convert this to maths.

NB: √4 = Root 4.

Naught, 1,2

The goose drank glue

The monkey did some square roots

√4 it equals 2

1,2,3

The goose drank pee

The monkey said the goose is mad

√9 it equals 3

2,3,4

The goose drank more

The monkey said the honk would conk

√16 it is 4

3,4,5

The goose stayed alive

The monkey scratched his armpit

√25 is 5

4,5,6

The goose drank bricks

The monkey said the goose is gone

√36 is 6

5,6,7

In goose heaven

The monkey said I miss the goose

√49 is 7

6,7,8

The goose can’t wait

The monkey heard a goose ghost ‘hic’

√64 is 8

7,8,9

The goose drank wine

The monkey howled ‘Not again!’

√ 81 is 9

8,9,10

Drunk goose again

The monkey chased the hic-ing honk

√100 is 10

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8. Hi Six????

August 3, 2011

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Here is a very funny Hi Five Tribute. These roolly are funny, dudes.

But how about a Hi Six?

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Invent a new Hi Five that’s sort of mathsy for your maths class.

Then, when kids do achieve something in your class go wild.

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18. Mirror Tricks

August 3, 2011

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Get kids to write one

exercise

using mirrors.

(The science lab usually has a class set of mirrors)

This reversal is very good ‘brain gym’ exercise.

And while your at it try cleaning your teeth with your opposite hand. It will remind you about the force of habit.

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19. Slight of Hand

August 3, 2011

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Take in a pack of cards.

Show kids one card trick.

Mathspig’s favourite card trick is 52 Pick-up.

You tease class. I won’t show you.

Yes I will. No, I won’t.

All right then.

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52 Pick Up:

You throw the cards in the air and then say ‘Pick them up’.

Ask if kids know another trick.

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20. Top Secret

August 3, 2011

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TOP SECRET

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This trick is so top secret that you must memorise it and then eat this computer.

Take in box of matches to class. Put 5 matches on table or 4 or 8. It doesn’t matter. Tell kids each

pattern stands for a number between 1 and 10. In other words,  it is a code.

Now get an accomplice. Keep rearranging patterns of matches in weird ways.

Ask your accomplice ‘What no is it?’  They don’t get the number from the matches but from your Left (plus right sometimes)hand which shows the number of fingers on the table. Some kids will get it. Great fun.

NOW GO PLAY WITH MATCHES.