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Take your maths work outdoors... Some interesting resources and ideas from GoogolPower.
A very useful article for anyone using (or creating) a maths trail.
Avril Crack (nrich.maths.org) explores the learning potential Maths Trails offers learners of all ages. Trails can provide a clear context for learning; and their scope is endless, since they can be adjusted to fit within almost any theme or cross-curricula topic.
Meaningful Maths Trails [nrich.maths.org]
After extensive work on different types of graph and chart, we went down to the local woods and allowed the children to come up with questions realted to woods. If you click the attached file you will be able to see the what types of questions the children came up with. Getting real data made a massive diffferce and they all produced bar charts, line graphs and one group even did a radar chart to track locations of trees! Really great!
The canopy of a tree can provide a great deal of mathematical starting points. Just consider its area, how much ground surface does it cover?
You can set this as an investigation for a group of children. Let them come up with their own solutions... or talk to them about 'mapping' the shape onto the ground. more >>
Here are the worksheets used as part of the Outdoor CPD session. The pdf file contains 10 sheets covering mathematical concepts of symmetry, measures, estimation and pattern investigation. They should make useful starting points for developing further activities.
If you are logged in, you will be able to download the pdf file from this link.
Symmetry is part of nature - this activity is designed to help children to identify the symmetrical properties of leaves.
This is an ideal activity for a woodland walk, but if you have access to a number of different trees and plants around your school, then it will be possible to undertake this task on the school grounds. more >>