## Posts Tagged ‘project’

## MathSlam 3: Change your view of the world

November 13, 2017## 6. You’re either Good at Maths or You’re Not

September 20, 2017**The Complaint**:

**You’re either Good at Maths or You’re Not!**………………

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**The Cause**:

#### Most students who said “I can’t do maths’ when I was teaching, didn’t do maths. They talked, penned a tattoo on their arm. Or scribbled in the text book. Today they read texts or play games on their phones under table or fall asleep.

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**The Solution:**

#### There is no point arguing. Students must ‘see’ they can do maths.

#### Do something that grabs their attention, something counterintuitive. Here is one of the BEST revision projects ever for middle school maths students. Remember, the best way to learn something is to teach it.

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**Project MATHS SLAM WORKSHEET plain txt PDF**

**Project MATHS SLAM WORKSHEET plain txt USA PDF**

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## 7. Maths is really SCARY!

September 13, 2017**The Complaint**: Maths is really SCARY!………………

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**The Cause**:

**Some students think maths is always right or wrong and they are scared of making mistakes.**

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**The Solution:**

#### You are going to do maths with no right or wrong answers. You just start and see what results you get.

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### 7a. **Dad Jokes: The positi****v**e, the negative and the number line

**v**e, the negative and the number line

Yeah! It’s a Dad Joke!

### 7b. Middle School Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt

Whoa! Totally CRAZY! Skiing a HELIX.

It looks like a Fibonacci Spiral, but that is an illusion. Steps on a spiral staircase are always the same length!

NO! This is not your homework. No stunts.

Just show us where you see maths in the world.

### 7c. **Crack a Security Code for Middle School…… Yes! Really!**

Prime Numbers vs The Hackers!

Note: The last challenge involves guess work. Maybe, an intelligent guess, but, maybe, not.

## 7a. Dad Jokes: The positive, the negative and the number line

September 13, 2017**The Complaint: Maths is really SCARY!****…………….**

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**The Cause:**

**Some students think maths is always right or wrong and they are scared of making mistakes.**

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**The Solution:**

**Conduct your own DAD JOKE survey. No right or wrong. Answers will vary from group to group.****………………………………………………………………………………….**

**Topics:**

**Postive, negative integers, number line.**

**The Challenge**

More Math Jokes for Mathy Folks **here.**

**PLAIN TEXT Dad Joke Maths Survey Worksheet pdf UK & Australia**

## 7b. Middle School Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt

September 3, 2017**The Complaint: Maths is really SCARY!****…………….**

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**The Cause:**

**Some students think maths is always right or wrong and they are scared of making mistakes.**

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**The Solution:**

**Go on a Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt. There is no right or wrong. Just see what maths you can find out there.**

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**The Challenge:****………………………………………………………**

**Can you find the following maths out there somewhere and bring back photographic evidence?**

**Topics:**

**Multiple Topics**

**The Challenge**

**Maths Photo Scavenger Hunt Worksheet PDF**

**More interesting Maths Selfies here.**

## 7c. Crack a Security Code for Middle School………… Yes! Really!

August 27, 2017**NB: This post has been updated twice. Disraeli said that if you want to become acquainted with a subject, write about it!!!! Mathspig’s head nearly exploded writing about this subject. But I’ve got it down to its simplest form now. One that Mathspig finally understands.**

**The Complaint**: Maths is really SCARY!…………….

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**The Cause**:

#### Some students think maths is always right or wrong and they are scared of making mistakes.

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**The Solution:**

#### Tackle problems that can’t be solved even by a computer. Students can only guess the answer and then test it. Anyone can make a guess. Work in groups. Every member of the group can contribute as students explore this maths.

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## The Challenge:……………………………………………………….

## Can you crack a security encryption code?….**…****………………………………………………..**

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**Topics:**

**Prime Numbers, Really BIG numbers……………………..**

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**Prime Numbers Hide Your Secrets: SLATE**

Remember the best online calculator is the **WEB 2.0 Calc.** NOTE: This is a secure website and you can check on its KEYCHAIN too.

You will find a fantastic list of Prime Numbers **here**.

**Crack a Security Code WORKSHEET & ANS**

Mathspig thanks Prof Kate Smith-Miles, Prof of Applied Maths, Monash University for the information about Keychains. Kate has used KEYCHAIN exercises with primary school students. They really enjoyed going home and showing their parents how to find a Keychain on the computer.

## 8. When will I EVER use this maths?

August 19, 2017**The Complaint**: I’ll Never Use This Maths!………………

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**The Cause**:

#### Text book exercises that are good for skill building, but appear irrelevant to the real world.

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**The Solution:**

### You are going to use this maths NOW

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### 8a. Calculate Your Daily Iron Intake

### 8b. How much blood can YOU lose and survive?

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### 8c. What Volume of Alcohol is Lethal?