Maths resource of the week 13

Maths resource of the week 13

Each week Craig Barton, creator of, picks out a TES maths resource that has caught his eye and records a short video about it. These videos will attempt to explain why Craig likes the resource, and offer up a few ideas about how it might be used in the classroom. If you have watched the video, downloaded the resource, and then used it in a lesson, it would be fantastic if you could return to this page to share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section below, or to simply pass on your thanks to the author!

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I am always on the look-out for resources that add a nice challenging twist to a topic, and this resource certainly does the trick. Once students have mastered the basics of solving equations, the natural progression is perhaps to look at forming and solving equations in context. However, this lovely resource adds another possibility. Students are asked to fill in all the blanks on the cross-number and then challenged to generate the clues by coming with equations which produce those answers. What I really like about this activity is that it is naturally self-differentiating – the less able students can concentrate on simple equations, whilst those that have fully grasped the subject matter can be unleashed to create some algebraic monsters. I think that this is a simple, but highly effective resources.

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