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# Primary Magazine - Issue 16: Up2d8 maths

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Created on 28 September 2009 by ncetm_administrator
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# Up2d8 maths

In this issue of Up2d8, we consider the debate surrounding the world’s much-loved pandas – should they continue to be protected or, in view of the amount of money it costs, be left to die out and become an extinct species of bear? This resource provides ideas that you can adapt to fit your classroom and your learners as appropriate.

In addition to the ideas on the spread, here are some more that you could adapt and try:

• when discussing the numbers 1 500 and 150, you could make a display of straws to show these numbers tied together in 1 000, 100, 10 and build the numbers up so that the children can visualise these amounts and also hold them in order to get a real feel for the difference in quantities.
• alternatively, you could use the Partitioning ITP from the National Strategy to demonstrate hundreds, tens and ones/units.
• look at the photo of the panda and discuss symmetry.
• construct a panda timeline and compare with child's own timeline. Younger children could simply order pictures, while older children could include height and weight.
• borrow or buy a toy panda for the class. Make 30 one pound bundles of straw (you could just label the bundles as such, they do not need to be a pound in weight as the panda will presumably not be full size either) or similar and hide them around the room and outdoor area. Can the children find all the bundles so that the panda does not go hungry?
• do you eat more or less than a panda? Agree a typical day's food and drink, collect and weigh. Were you right?
• if you had the same meal (bamboo) for 99 meals and the 100th meal was something different, how long would it be before you got a taste of something different? What do you need to know to work out the answer? How many meals a day, for example.

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