World Book Day 2020

It is World Book Day on Thursday, March 5th.

There are a wealth of resources on the World Book Day site for children of all ages, including I noticed, good perhaps for reluctant readers, these free podcasts.

I noticed this A4 activity sheet, Not Another Maths Book, this is listed under Primary, but appropriate I think for younger Key Stage 3 students too with its mix of puzzles and activities. I was interested in this book with its activities linking Art and Maths and found it on Amazon here.

For a list of recommended books for young people interested in Mathematics, try this list from Nrich which is grouped into three different categories: History of Mathematics,
Recreational and Thinking Mathematically. From Cambridge University this list of interesting mathematics books and internet sites is mainly intended for sixth-formers planning to take a degree in mathematics. The list includes some items which are suitable for less experienced readers so may well appeal to a wider audience. The list was last updated on March 26, 2019. I see it includes Kevin Houston’s “How to Think Like a Mathematician, see also from Kevin Houston his page on the book which includes some solutions to problems in the book, also available are sample chapters on writing mathematics.

See also, general interest maths books from MEI and recommended Mathematics reading from the University of Oxford (scroll right down the page).

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

World Bok Day Problems

World Book Day Problems – Laura Rees-Hughes

I think that’s 71 pages.

For younger students, this revision resource of problems 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 document which 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.

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.

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! Did you know that the first collection of crossword puzzles was published in the USA in 1924?

On the subject of books I have checked and updated the free books information.

Colin Foster - Instant Maths Ideas

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 now freely available online. Colin Foster is a Reader in  Mathematics Education in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University.

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