Posts by John Thompson B

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Collect organise represent, Averages and range

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

Free tags: Smarties & Love Hearts

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Investigation or project

Level: L1, L2

Here is another Level 1-2 variant on the classic ‘Smarties’ investigation which incorporates the use of a PC and Excel. I stopped using Smarties and Skittles because of the health and hygiene issues.
I stumbled upon the Foam squares at www.craftpacks.co.uk ‘Giant Jar of Foam Squares for £4.75 + 20% VAT. The exercise is in two parts: the first part a bit like Smarties and then the second part covers ‘mean, mode, median and range’.

Numeracy: N1/E3.5, N1/L1.5

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Interactive whiteboard, Teaching idea

Level: E3, L1

Step by step method for using this very clever, little-known method of working out those tricky times tables from 6 to 9. (The method relies on the user knowing his or her “easier times tables” well so is not suitable for the complete times-tables novice. Very clear slides with lots of illustrated examples.
Please note you must have the Smart Notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use the Notebook resource http://smarttech.com/

Odd one out

Submitted by John Thompson B on Sat, 2011-04-09 16:11

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Resource type: Warm-up

Level: L1, L2

Lovely warm-up or “taster “ for L1-2 level groups. The idea could easily be adapted for Entry Level groups.
Just as the quote on the resource says:“The value of the problem is not so much in coming up with the answer as in the ideas and attempted ideas it forces on the would be solver.”
See comments below for some suggested answers. Please add your own answers or suggestions for other suitable groups.

Odd one out

Submitted by John Thompson B on Sat, 2011-04-09 16:05
Odd one out

Bubble percentage method

Submitted by John Thompson B on Sat, 2011-04-09 13:25
Bubble percentage method

Numeracy: N2/L1.9, Functional Maths - number, N2/L2.8

Resource type: Handout or guide, Interactive whiteboard, Teaching idea

Level: L1, L2

Step by step method for working out any percentage using easy mental maths methods such as dividing by 10 or 100; doubling and adding up. An example is included and a blank “bubble template “ to users to use with their own percentage problems. A smart notebook version of the template is also included.
Please note you must have the Smart Notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use the Notebook resource http://smarttech.com/

Introduction to algebra

Submitted by John Thompson B on Thu, 2010-02-04 21:13

Numeracy: N1/L1.11

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

Algebra for NotebookAlgebra for NotebookAn interesting and challenging interactive whiteboard activity based on an idea found on the NCETM site . Accompanied by a useful Word template which students can use for further experimentation and practice.
Please note you must have the Smart notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use the Notebook resource http://smarttech.com/

Algebra for Notebook

Submitted by John Thompson B on Thu, 2010-02-04 00:00
Algebra for Notebook

Santa's problems Christmas card quiz

Submitted by John Thompson B on Thu, 2009-12-03 16:24

Numeracy: Number

Free tags: Christmas

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Quiz

A light-hearted one page quiz (number problems suitable for E2-L1) that could also be given to students as a Christmas card.

Car park survey pictogram creator

Submitted by John Thompson B on Mon, 2009-09-28 16:25

Numeracy: HD1/E3.2, HD1/L1.1, HD1/E3.4

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Resource generator

Car park survey pictogram creator is a clever Excel sheet for recording the different numbers of coloured cars in a car park.
Two versions are available – v1 has 1 picture representing 1 car, version 2 has one picture representing 5 cars.

Skittles pictogram creator

Submitted by John Thompson B on Mon, 2009-09-28 16:25

Numeracy: HD1/E3.2, HD1/L1.1, HD1/E3.4

Free tags: Smarties & Love Hearts

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Resource generator

Skittles pictogram creator is a very clever Excel sheet to accompany our ever popular Smarties data handling resource and it a great way of combining numeracy and IT skills(many tutors are now using Skittles as an alternative to Smarties because there is more variation in the numbers/colours of sweets per packet).

Fraction dominoes

Submitted by John Thompson B on Wed, 2009-06-03 16:25

Numeracy: N2/L1.3

Resource type: Game

Level: L1

Matching straightforward equivalent fractions – ideal for Level 1.

Smarties pictogram creator

Submitted by John Thompson B on Wed, 2009-06-03 16:25

Numeracy: HD1/E3.2, HD1/L1.1, HD1/E3.4

ICT: Charts & graphs

Free tags: Smarties & Love Hearts

Resource type: Resource generator

Level: E3, L1

A very clever Excel sheet to accompany the ever-popular Smarties data handling resource and a great way of combining numeracy and IT skills.

Division strategies

Submitted by John Thompson B on Thu, 2009-02-12 16:25

Numeracy: N1/E3.6, N1/L1.3

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard

Level: E3, L1

An interactive whiteboard guide that covers traditional long and short division, and division by repeated subtraction – complete with nifty features such as pull away screens (revealing practice questions), etc.
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/

Multiplication Strategies

Submitted by John Thompson B on Thu, 2009-02-12 16:25

Numeracy: N1/L1.3

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard

Level: E3, L1

An interactive whiteboard guide that covers traditional. grid, lattice and Egyptian multiplication – complete with nifty features such as pull away screens (revealing practice questions), etc.
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/

Subtraction strategies

Submitted by John Thompson B on Thu, 2009-02-12 16:25

Numeracy: N1/E3.2, N1/L1.3

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard

Level: E3, L1

An interactive whiteboard guide to a very useful method of subtraction – complete with nifty features such as pull away screens (revealing practice questions), etc.
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/

Addition strategies

Submitted by John Thompson B on Thu, 2009-02-12 16:25

Numeracy: N1/E3.2, N1/L1.3

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard

Level: E3, L1

An interactive whiteboard guide to a very useful method of addition – complete with nifty features such as pull away screens (revealing practice questions), etc.
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/

Fractions, decimals, percentages and money

Submitted by John Thompson B on Tue, 2008-02-05 15:53

Numeracy: N2/L1.3, N2/L2.2

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: L1, L2

Fractions, decimals, percentages and money is a clear, very visual handout that will help learners grasp the idea of equivalency.

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