A city of towers

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2009-05-10 17:25

Numeracy: N1/E1.8, MSS2/E3.1, N1/L1.11, MSS2/L1.2

Level: E1, E3, L1

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard

An interactive whiteboard problem solving activity suitable for many levels. Makes a fun starter activity and provides a good link between shape and space and algebra. Can also used as a hands on activity for all (rather than just volunteers at the smartboard) using pencil and squared paper, plastic squares or wooden/plastic cubes.
Adult numeracy element links are difficult to classify but include:

  • MSS2/E3.1 (sort 2-D and 3-D shapes),
  • MSS2/L1.2 (draw 2-D shapes in different orientations using grids).
    Also makes a good introduction to algebra / patterns from Entry 1 upwards. E.g.
  • N1/E1.8: Solve numerical pattern problems involving algebra, recognise simple patterns and sequences.
  • N1/L1.11: Solve problems involving algebra; translate simple word problems into symbols (+, -, x and x) and numbers.
    This resource was inspired by the original at
    http://nrich.maths.org/public/viewer.php?obj_id=183
    Please note you must have the Smart notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use this resource
    http://smarttech.com/

Physical format: 
8 Smart Notebook screens
Resource File(s): 

This activity

Submitted by Anne Carlill on Fri, 2010-10-01 12:36.

I like this activity. I hadn’t seen it on nrich so thanks for pointing it out to us. I haven’t got a Smartboard but I’m sure I can adapt it for our particular board. Thanks, Maggie.

IWB resources

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2010-10-01 12:56.

Thanks Anne – glad you liked it :)
At the moment the only interactive whiteboard format we have on the site is “Smart Notebook” (from http://www.tecinteractive.co.uk/ ) but I understand that there are several other formats available including, for example, “Flipchart” (from http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en/ ). If you manage to adapt it do share back!

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