We made sure to do plenty of fun Maths activities for Maths Week 2014! We usually do Maths Stations twice a week. This week, we did Maths Stations every day, where we played some of our favourite Maths games. Our favourites include Guess My Number, Find My Pair, Target Number, 3 in a Row, dice games and online games on the netbooks to name but a few!
We also uploaded a new Maths Eyes picture to the blog every day. We came up with mathematical questions about these pictures. Lots of people shared their questions and answers. Comments can still be left on our 'Recently' page!
We also kept an eye on our blog for new Maths songs!
Being able to add doubles quickly is a very useful strategy for adding all numbers. We can use it to help us with our near-doubles too. If we know that 6 + 6 = 12, then 6 + 7 must be one more than that. 6 + 7 = 13! If we know that 5 + 5 = 10, then 5 + 4 must be one less than that. 5 + 4 = 9! These songs will help us get even faster at adding our doubles!
We noticed that lots of people chose Maths activities for Stick What Stuck, an exercise where we pick one thing from the week that we particularly liked or remember. It is great to see that Maths activities are a firm favourite in 2nd Class Red!
We made odd and even paper chains. We remembered that even numbers are those numbers that can be split into two equal groups. Our doubles (see song above!) can help us to remember which numbers are even. 3 + 3 = 6. This tells us that 6 can be split into two equal groups- so 6 must be even!!
We used Scratch on the netbooks! Scratch is a programme that allows you to make your own stories, games and animations! Niamh was VERY impressed with how quickly we learned. You can use Scratch at home by clicking on this link, which will bring you to the Scratch website. http://scratch.mit.edu/
Look at this bat flying across the screen! On only our second day of experimenting with Scratch, a couple of us learned to do this by asking the sprite to face right, move ten steps and change costume when the right arrow is clicked. Wow!!! Have a go at home!
We used our Maths Eyes to take photographs around the school grounds. Have a look at some of the things we thought we could ask maths questions about! You can comment on these photos on the 'Recently...' page.
We took some pictures inside our classroom.
We took other pictures around the school building
We found that some of the other classes' beautiful displays were very good Maths Eyes pictures too!
As well, of course, as our own work!
We learned a Maths Week song to the tune of Pharrell Williams' 'Happy!' Have a listen by clicking on the following link!
We concluded with a Maths trail on Friday. We went outside to the staff car park. We looked at the front of the school building and counted the windows before turning our attention to the teachers' cars. We counted the cars and then figured out how many wheels there were in total by counting in 4s. Some people had the great idea of counting two wheels at a time because they found it easier than counting in 4s.
We took note of registration numbers and the number patterns that can be found there. One teacher has a licence plate with three 4s in a row! We recorded all of the different coloured cars and decided which was the most popular colour and which was the least popular colour!