An idea for the classroom
The Durham Maths Mysteries – “Putting a little mystery into mathematics”
You must have a look at these ‘Maths Mysteries’: originally downloadable from the Durham County Council website, they can now be found in the National STEM Centre eLibrary.
There are six mysteries covering:
- ratio and proportion
- directed numbers
- properties of shape
Each mystery consists of a series of a series of clue cards which pupils can use to solve a problem.
I was particularly drawn to the probability mystery which starts like this:
“Six friends enter a race. Use the following cards to determine who is most likely to win the race and with what probability. In what sequence would you expect the runners to finish the race?”
The clue cards are like this:
One of the things that I like about this mystery is that there isn’t a unique solution. Different groups of pupils can arrive at different solutions which could be equally correct if pupils can explain the reasons for their choice.
These activities would be helpful for you if you are trying to integrate the Key Processes into your scheme of work for Key Stage 3.
Why not try one and put a comment here to tell others how it went?
Download these mysteries.