Back to basics

11th April 2014 at 01:00
Many are the students who dismiss maths as boring, but these resources show the creativity of teachers in livening up potentially arid topics such as area, perimeter and volume

1. Circle times

What is it? A 20-card treasure hunt that challenges players to move around the room and find correct answers to questions about the circumference and perimeter of circles

What users say "Thanks for sharing. Excellent."

2. Prism sentence

What is it? A 3D-modelling challenge to draw prisms and calculate their volume and surface area

What users say "Great resource - challenging and engaging."

3. Hot area

What is it? A tricky area puzzle to get students thinking

What users say "A great little starter or plenary activity."

4. 3D view

What is it? A video to improve students' understanding of volumes of revolution, using mathematical software

What users say "Did this with my students using @mrbartonmaths Autograph textbook to help me. Really, really excellent. Very powerful."

5. Triangles triumph

What is it? An entertaining game that requires students to find the area and perimeter of triangles

What users say "Lovely `Connect Three' game. The worksheet is set out in a grid and can be easily adapted."

6. Cuboids explained

What is it? An interactive whiteboard resource to help students visualise cuboid problems

What users say "Fantastic resource that can also be adapted to work with 3D coordinates."

7. Pyramid primer

What is it? A practical lesson plan that ends with students deriving the formula for the volume of a pyramid

What users say "I love this and have enjoyed using it with my students. There is nothing quite like making 3D shapes for really understanding them."

8. Shapes and sizes

What is it? A plenary matching activity on the area and perimeter of a variety of shapes

What users say "Thanks for sharing."

9. Lines and length

What is it? Activities to help students understand length and area, revise plane shapes and develop reasoning through calculating area

What users say "Clever questions but it gets tough."

10. Bridging point

What is it? Comprehensive PowerPoint presentation that puts the concepts of area and perimeter into context, using Chelsea FC's stadium Stamford Bridge and the Bermuda Triangle as examples

What users say "Very useful for revision."


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