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Secondary Magazine - Issue 30: An idea for the classroom

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Secondary Magazine Issue 30  

An idea for the classroom - dominos

I’m sure you have seen the excellent programme Tarsia (you can download it here), which was much-publicised in the Standards Unit resource Improving Learning in Mathematics (you can apply for a copy of the resource here).

Domino Icon

Pupils seem to enjoy the challenges that their teachers create for them using the software. I tend to start off by giving pupils small sets of dominos (the basic set has only eight dominos) before progressing to a larger set (12, 16 or 24 cards) as some pupils do not seem to be used to the ‘matching’ idea and it is nice to get a small amount of success quickly before progressing to a more daunting task.
Jigsaw Icon When your pupils are comfortable with the dominos idea you could progress to the vast array of jigsaws, which also provide a wide variety of possibilities – why not have a go!

I have been anxious to get the most from the dominos activities and have been looking for ways to extend pupils’ thinking once they have completed the exercise. On the worksheet downloadable here, there is a space for pupils to choose two of their dominos and stick (or draw) them onto the worksheet.

Pupils are asked to explain why they have matched these two dominos and then make up two of their own which match for a similar reason. I’m sure that although pupils find it difficult to explain their thinking and generate their own examples, these are just the skills that will extend their thinking. What do you think?

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