## NOTE: Homework has never been recorded as the cause of death of a 13 year old.

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We are good at graphs in maths, even funny graphs, but we often forget the power of story telling. Here’s a story about HOW NOT TO DO your MATHS HOMEWORK*.

*NOTE: Homework has never been recorded as the cause of death of a 13 year old.

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Here are some worksheets on MEAN, MEDIAN and MODE for middle school students. It also involves work with units (Metric/USA). But these are real numbers and the distances that 14 year olds can spit watermelon seeds is amaaaazing!

You can find the free pdf worksheets (included below) **here****.**

Other fun middle school math(s) worksheets in the **Hot Heels series** at TpT include Unit Rates, Angles, Ratios and Algebra.

Ask volunteers to see how far they can spit a seed. (WARNING: The volunteer must breath in through their nose before they spit. You don’t want them inhaling a seed.)

You can find the free pdf worksheet (included below) **here.**

Other fun middle school math(s) worksheets in the **Hot Heels series** at TpT include

Unit Rates, Angles, Ratios and Algebra.

There is a lot of maths and science behind coffee sloshing in a coffee mug. ‘The human stride has almost exactly the right frequency to drive the natural oscillations of coffee’ explains fluid physicists at the University of California at Santa Barbara. You will find their full explanation **here.**

We are good at graphs in maths, even funny graphs, but we often forget the power of story telling. Here’s a story about HOW NOT TO DO your MATHS HOMEWORK*.

*NOTE: Homework has never been recorded as the cause of death of a 13 year old.

Read longer version of Hugo Does His Homework here.

Students can calculate the Mean, Median and Mode using Lego. Here is the exciting part:

The lego stacks become the graph

Draw a graph of No. of Blocks Vs No. of Prongs (per block) Make sure all blocks are the same height.

Start with 40 bricks.

Sort into Stacks to create graph of

No. Prongs Vs No. Bricks

This is a close up of the stacks above.

The no. of bricks in each stack is written on top of the stack.

**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 o****nly 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.** **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!**

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

**Cheerio**

**Mathspig**