If you are looking for starters – note the page tabs at the top of the page offering various collections. See also these featured sites presented on ScoopIt.
See Christmas 2013 on Mathematics learning and Web 2.0 if you are looking for Christmas activities generally. Here I will concentrate on those activities suitable as December starters.
Perhaps use an advent calendar such Alex Pett’s very beautiful version complete with history and problems for each day (and turn the sound on!). It is an ActivInspire resource but Alex has also provided a pdf version or use as a Google document.
Also worth checking for starters are the various Nrich advent calendars. Look at problem 1 on the secondary calendar for example; Special Numbers would make an ideal starter. The calendars link to posters of Nrich problems but you can easily search on Nrich for the problem if you want to look at the teachers’ notes and solution. Take problem 1 for example – Special Numbers. Go to the Nrich website and enter special numbers in the search box, the first entry is the required problem.
If you want number properties for each day in December then you could of course use WolframAlpha, eg 19 or Tanya Khovanova’s wonderful Number Gossip site. A good starter can be to ask students to come up with a question which has an answer of 19 and then go on to look at properties of that number.
From TES Resources these Christmas grid puzzles or Operation Christmas Tree would make rather nice starters. Back to the subject of calendars. this very well presented PowerPoint advent calendar could easily be adapted for your students. You could use it to plan your December starters!
MEI have an excellent free collection of GCSE starters. Designed for the start of a GCSE lesson, the diagrams and questions are very clear and will display well on the IWB. There are several starters under the following headings: Mathematical Reasoning, Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics and Probability. Files with the answers and teachers notes are also provided.
It is not always possible to have the IWB up and running, particularly if you are coming from a different room and I do like to get students working straight away. Experimenting, I found that I could tale a screenshot (I do like the snipping tool in Windows 7) and fit eight to a page! I used a Word document with very small top and bottom margins and a two column layout.
For more ideas on a calm start to lessons – getting everybody working straight away – see Bell Work.
Arithmagons can make ideal starters or plenaries as well as being used for a main lesson activity.
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What is an arithmagon?
Clearly the numbers in the rectangles are the sum of the numbers in the adjacent circles. Of course there is no need to use addition and no need to use triangular arithmagons!
These could used with students of all ages. Young children could practice basic skills or students studying advanced Mathematics could look at Calculus or Complex Numbers for example.
From Desmos we have the outstanding graphing calculator, their Facebook page (you do not need to be a Facebook user to view this) is also worth keeping an eye on. Some of the photos available make ideal starters. See the Think Fast series or perhaps Mental Maths Monday; there are also several probability problems. I think I’ll try some of the Mental Maths Monday series with my sixth form students – look at this for example!
The problem shown in the image could be used with younger students but also with older students who could look at an algebraic proof.
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I first came across Mathsbox.org.uk when looking at some resources on TES (TES requires registration but all resources are free). Games of Bingo have been a great success this year with my Year 8 class and also my Year 11 students. Each time the students have been highly motivated and asked if they could continue playing to try and achieve ‘Full House’. With Year 8 we used Bingo games for practising directed numbers and substitution in algebra; with Year 11 a Bingo game provided a great way to revise completing the square. At the moment all the resources on this site (except the loop cards) are free to use. As well as the Bingo games, I like the Settlers, activities which could be given to a class immediately they enter the room for a lesson, giving a clam and productive start to a lesson. (See also ‘Bell Work’).
For a collection of online Bingo games try these on MathsStarters.net.
There are many free Bingo resources on TES; note how the search can be narrowed by Key Stage. We could even play Bingo with our older students!, some differentiation revision perhaps? Note that this resource does not require separate Bingo cards, students are asked to select from choices given on the first slide. Some of the TES resources as well as being excellent in their own right provide you with a template for creating your own resources. Have a look at Laura Rees-Hughes’ Ratio Bingo or Damian Watson’s Expanding Double Brackets for example – you could easily alter the PowerPoints and the Excel / Word files of Bingo cards. Another excellent set of resources comes from Anthony Biggs. (You will find many more outstanding resources from Laura Rees-Hughes and Sharon Derbyshire on their excellent Number Loving site.)
Just Maths has a collection of outstanding resources including their ‘Ever wondered why’ worksheets which make ideal starters as a class can begin work immediately on the activity, they are also self-checking – a great start for a lesson. Check the resources in each category. I have used this style of worksheet successfully many times.
Zeb Friedman’s excellent Grade that Question resources on the Suffolk Maths site will certainly help students become familiar with what is required at each level or grade and would make an ideal starter or plenary. There are many other resources where questions are given by level or grade, also resources to help students understand the various levels / grades; I have included useful links on the Progression page on Mathematics, Learning and Web 2.0.