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What makes a Good Resource - Number Square

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Created on 26 August 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 30 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator

What Makes a Good Resource

Number Squares

Resource description:

Number Squares

This is a “mystery game” activity for a more-able pair SEN children. Children are offered a set of clues, a game board and number cards.

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Teacher comment:

I had used mystery games successfully with more-able children and they loved the challenge. I wanted to offer the same pedagogy with my less-able group.

What I did:

I adapted this from a book of Team Games with fewer cards and concepts which these children would understand.


It is important to keep the activity practical with the set of numbers to manipulate. Frustration will set in if they have to write and cross out as they struggle with the problem.

Some adult [or older child] support might be needed with reading.

The mystery idea can be offered for other areas in mathematics. It can offer a strategy for introducing children to problem solving. Split up the task / problem into short steps and offer these on cards. As children learn to cope with this approach, they can adopt a similar strategy to other problems.

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