Recognise negative numbers in practical contexts (e.g. temperatures). a) understand the words positive and negative (b) know that 0 Celsius is the temperature at which water freezes (c) understand that a negative temperature is below zero (d) understand that an overdraft could be represented by a negative number

The World of Weather

Submitted by Alexander Ross on Tue, 2013-09-10 19:40

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3, HD1/L1.4, HD1/E3.1, HD1/L1.1, MSS1/E2.8, N1/L1.2, N1/L2.1, MSS1/E3.9

Free tags: Puzzle, Temperature, Travel, World Cities

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A data chart of average monthly high and low temperatures for a selection of world cities is used to answer functional maths questions.

Skills tested include accuracy of reading data, ordering positive and negative numbers, calculating the mean and range of data including negative numbers.

There is a tricky anagram to finish off the worksheet, which will appeal to some leaners who like puzzles and wordskills.

The chart could be used separately and many other questions devised from the information it contains.

Debt dilemmas

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2012-02-23 20:17

Numeracy: Functional Maths, MSS1/E3.1, MSS1/L1.1, N1/L1.2, N1/L2.1

Context: Business & Money management

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Game, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

An activity to explore money management and negative numbers. Be prepared to signpost students if need be.

The activity starts with discussing who is most likely to get into debt and then by recognising that anyone can if they don’t have good money skills.

Then students use *place value dice (hundreds, tens and units) to fill in their budget sheets. If you don’t have such dice you could prepare the sheets by writing in amounts to differentiate for each student.

Stash the cash

Submitted by Andy Morrell on Thu, 2010-03-25 22:29

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Common Measures, HD1/L2.3, MSS1/E3.1, MSS1/L1.1, N1/L1.2

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Game, Worksheet or assignment

A wonderful dice game that will also improve money skills (addition and subtraction) and awareness of negative numbers.
Plus extension L2 statistics questions. Ideal for work skills students and fully mapped to L1 Functional Maths criteria.

Temperature and weather charts

Submitted by Anne Carlill on Sat, 2009-02-14 17:25

Numeracy: N1/L1.2, MSS1/E3.9, MSS1/L1.4

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

Temperature and weather charts is a great way to introduce negative numbers and temperature in an everyday context.

Positive and negative numbers

Submitted by Jane Kay on Sat, 2008-07-05 16:53

Numeracy: N1/L1.2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

A lovely question sheet for checking students’ understanding of practical applications of negative numbers such as temperature.

Bank balance game

Submitted by Jane Marsh on Mon, 2006-09-04 17:11

Numeracy: N1/E3.2, N1/E3.1, N1/L1.1, N1/L1.2, N1/L2.1

Free tags: Family learning

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Game

A great way to work with money and larger numbers (with the option of covering negative numbers). Can be differentiated for learners from E3-L2 by altering the starting balance. Includes game cards (balance, income and expenditure cards), a balance sheet and full instructions. Written for a family learning situation but can be adapted for other groups.

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