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Secondary Magazine - Issue 36: An idea for the classroom

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Secondary Magazine Issue 36   secondary magazine idea header

An idea for the classroom 

We have already mentioned on these pages the excellent set of ‘Maths Mysteries’ downloadable from the Durham LA website. Many teachers have been inspired to make up similar ‘mysteries’ and here we offer a Fractions Mystery for you to try in the classroom.
There is no doubt that for some pupils, the topic of fractions is not well understood. Many of our pupils do not make the natural connections a functional mathematician makes to enable them to understand and operate with fractions, so having more opportunities to work with fractions in different contexts may help them make more sense of the topic.

Each pair of pupils needs a copy of the grid and clue cards, and the fractions. Pupils can work together, using the clue cards, to find out where to place the fraction cards on the grid.

fractions mystery

Good questions to ask might include:

  • Could you suggest a tip for another group?
  • Is there only one solution?
  • Did you need all the clues?
  • Which clues were most useful?
  • Which clues were least useful?

Extension activities could be:

  • make up a fraction magic square for another group
  • make up some different clues for this solution.


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