TES Maths Resource of the Week
What is it?
Brand new to the GCSE specification, iteration is a topic that tends to perplex and confound pupils. As such, It's always a bonus when you find an engaging resource to help you to deliver it effectively.
In this simple task, students are presented with three classic iteration questions, as well as the steps required to solve them. The twist, of course, is that these steps are in the wrong order and it's the job of your pupils to correctly rearrange them. This should provoke plenty of discussion, while also offering much needed support for those that are struggling.
How can it be used?
The activity pretty much runs itself. Students will need an introduction to the concept of iteration and may benefit from working through one example as a class. After that, it's over to them. The result can make a great display, as demonstrated here by one teacher on Twitter.
Extension options might include distributing the cards of all three questions together, removing a couple from each question and asking students to complete the missing steps. Or, challenging them to create their own match-up questions, which can then be set for other learners.
Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.
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