Two Things…

Thursday, March 7th is World Book Day.

One week later, Thursday, March 14th is World Maths Day (it’s also Pi Day!)
Register here and you will receive an email with a link to download the competition pack.  Once registered you will receive further emails and instructions. This year, under GDPR regulations schools will need to upload their students; full instructions will be provided, including a walk-through video link. Students will be able to use Mathletics for the whole of March. In addition to the Competition Pack Further Resources are provided including a Mathletics welcome guide.

The event runs at any time of the day on Thursday 14th March. Unlike in previous years, start and finish times are not stated for various cities around the world. The Competition pack states “Don’t worry if you can’t join in on the 14th, simply run your competition on a different day ….”
Schools are encouraged to run their own in school competitions. The competition pack includes instructions, suggestions and certificates.


World Book day always encourages me to check the free books links which includes some great resources.

Colin Foster - Instant Maths Ideas

Note in particular Colin Foster’s KS3 Instant Maths Ideas (3 books) – a wealth of ideas you can try in the classroom and freely available online.

Here’s some very nice World Book Day Maths Problems from Laura Rees-Hughes.

World Bok Day Problems

I think that’s 71 pages.

For younger students, this revision resource was created for Year 6 (age 10-11) to use on World Book Day.

We could bring books and Mathematics together with some Statistics. UK readers who remember Statistics coursework may remember AQA’s coursework task ‘Read All About It’ where students considered various newspapers and magazines for readability. Similarly, we have Edexcel’s Newspaper Comparisons. A search for these old coursework tasks returned this Edexel documentwhich has numerous investigations with mark schemes; Newspaper comparisons is on page 171. The document is a very useful source of problems and data handling activities.

AQA - Read All About It

We could consider the reading age of a text; consider these readability formulae; if you paste some text to this site, Readability Formulas you can easily check statistics for your chosen text and generate a reading age according to the various tests.

WolframAlpha can be used for Words and Linguistics, note the various examples given, including number names.and document length.

Writing - word lengths

Alternatively, try Analyze My Writing. Simply paste in some text for a comprehensive analysis including basic statistics, word and sentence length and readability. It is also possible to create Cloze tests.   You can read more about this resource on Richard Byrne’s always impressive “Free Technology for Teachers”.

It seems appropriate to check some world records on books!

I tried the text of this post for readability – college level!


Speaking of “Two Things”, have a look at this quick, no quiz retrieval Strategy from Pooja K Agarwal’s Retrieval Practice site. Retrieval Practice does not have to be in the form of a quiz. (Further resources)