Happy Easter 2012! (Click the link and WolframAlpha will tell you more than you wanted to know about Easter Sunday!)
Since it’s a holiday we should be relaxing! A conversation on Twitter (click the link for an updated post on Twitter) this morning reminded me of the excellent Set Game – a daily puzzle which is provided by the new York Times for age 6 – adult.
For many more puzzles and games see one of the companion blogs to this on Strategy Games and Puzzles.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.
….and other arithmetic skills.
Sumdog provides free numeracy games at 10 different levels. For a great way to practice adding and subtracting with negative numbers, play these games at level 10. There is a complete list of topics at each level here. Students can choose from several games.
I like the way that the various skill levels can be restricted; the site is aimed at students aged 6 to 14 (having said that some of my Year 11 (age 15-16) students looked like they were rather enjoying themselves recently) so I want my secondary age students to practise the skills at the upper end of the age range and have currently restricted them all to levels 8, 9 and 10. It is possible to set up competitions which I have done very successfully with Year 10 as one of our many Enrichment Week activities. See the Teachers’ page, also the help section for teachers.
Sumdog are creating a library of videos to help teachers get the most out of Sumdog.
I have written some Instructions for students on the companion Mathematics blog for students.
You can choose to play as a guest or sign up (free) so you can save your scores and see how you improve over time. The games are all completely free to use as are several other features for teachers.
You can follow the Sumdog blog for all the latest features.
In the UK schools are finishing for the summer, some have already completed school for the year.
What to do for those last lessons?
No videos – though I could make an exception for the counting chimps, a video I was introduced to by Alex Bellos at the SSAT conference which he included in his session and shows the astonishing recall of a chimp – compare the human!
Some Mathematical games and puzzles perhaps? There are plenty to choose from.
Thinkfun provide an excellent range of games, some of which are available to play online including the very popular Rush Hour. The other games are for younger players including ‘What’s Gnu?’ – a verbal game.
Thanks to Andrew Jeffrey for the link to Chocolate Fix in his latest newsletter.
There is an online version of Rush Hour programmed by Mark Riedel including 40 different challenges from beginner to expert available on Thinkfun’s Puzzles.com site.
This has been added to the puzzles page on the Mathematics Games blog which includes many favourites from Nrich which have all worked very well in the classroom. Many of the Nrich games work very well on the interactive whiteboard as full screen versions are available.
The extensive and excellent resources collection on Mathisfun includes numerous games. Many of my students tried and enjoyed RayRay recently.
Can you make these little people all stand up?
For all my favourite games see this blog – Mathematics Games and Puzzles.
There are several resources to help demonstrate the correct order of operations in a calculation.
From the always relaible CIMT, one of their interactive sections gives examples and exercises.
A game from mathFROG allows students to practice against the clock.
..or try this game from Math Playground.
Finally an applet from Aplusmath.com.
I have many links to games and puzzles as I am sure all Mathematics teachers have.
In an attempt to organise these I have created another WordPress Blog – Mathematics Games.
Many of the games come from the always excellent NRICH site.
Further links will be added in future.