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Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers.
Maths is MORE IMPORTANT to the world than in any other time in history. From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.



This is Tricky, WORDLE for MATHS!
Ooodle is a great maths game from MathsZone. Based on the idea of Wordle. We had splendid fun with this.

The first one I did took me ages, until I worked out how to do it. You are in for a treat with this one.



How to make an 8 point transforming Ninja Star Use Zac Sideris Snap Guide and follow the step by step instructions or watch the video.
Maths Investigation
How many different shapes?
How many of each shape?
How many sides in the Ninja Star?
How many vertex in the Ninja Star?
How Many Faces?
How many sides in the Octagon?
How many vertex in the Octagon?
How many Faces?



Maths Chase is a great maths warm up activity and can be set to suit any stage. Grab the white boards and beat the clock.

This is a visual aid designed to be projected onto a white-board for whole class exposition. The calculations are generated randomly and you can vary the type of calculations that will appear. Use the slider above to vary the time the calculations remain on the screen.


Here’s the  6 Times Table Song by| PINKFONG Songs for Children on all tables. Google PinkFong and the times table you want.


A fabulous strategy for helping your kids develop number sense is by engaging in Number Talks.
Check out Jo's Talk on youcubed. Number Talks
THE PROBLEM mentioned in the video is 5 x 18 this is discussed in the Maths Talk and student's strategies illustrated on the whiteboard. 
TAKE A LOOK The Dot Number talk as well


MATH MAGIC Spelling - by VSauce a great magic trick with lots of maths. You will need a pack of cards. Great for Stages 2 and up. Watch the video do the maths and go WOW!


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A YOHAKU is a fabulous maths puzzle, which will test your number sense and problem-solving skills.
It can be either addition or multiplication.
Your task is to fill in the empty cells so that they
give the sum or product shown in each row or column.
The Japanese word Yohaku means white or empty space. And I love to fill in empty spaces.
VISIT The Yohaku website
LEARN How to solve a Yohaku puzzle.
TRY Some Yohaku puzzles Here are some easy ones. They are quite addictive. 


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Wind and Mr. Ug - Mobius strip
A great introduction to the single sided Mobius Strip. Everyone will want to make one.
Math Improv: Fruit by the Foot Playing mathematically with fruits by the foot.


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Flextangles/Hexaflexagons are paper models that can be flexed to reveal hidden faces. They were originally created by Princeton graduate student Arthur Stone in 1939 and became a huge fad when Martin Gardner published them. Watch the Video
The kids loved making them but BEWARE they require persistence, careful and very firm creasing and patience. Crease all the lines and dotted lines as per instructions very firmly and wait till the glue dries. Wiki Folding Instructions
How many vertices? How many edges? How many shapes? And of course - PROVE IT.



NUMBER 1 Hit the Button Great Game Topmarks iPad(paid) &Online(free) Interactive Game
Learn your Times Tables in Just 5 days Great site with games and ideas for accomplishing this feat
Teaching Multi-Digit Multiplication



Pyramid Puzzle Great game for addition practice.


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Place Value Interactive - Fabulous From Topmarks
This resource can help with understanding of how numbers, including decimals, are made up.



Numberphile is an educational YouTube channel featuring videos that explore topics from a variety of fields of mathematic., Curious and fascinating.
Check out the Googol and Googolplex Video
Connect Four - Numberphile Work out how to win this game



Great website with lots of Video Lessons. Check out their Youtube Channel as well as their Website. Great Explanations like this Multi-Digit Multiplication Video



Khan Academy has lots of mathematical videos here with simple explanations. Courses for different grades as well subjects. Check out this video on Multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit



Ever wanted a new spin on Graphing - well here is.
Google Labs' Ngram Viewer. It's an addictive tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years.  Here's a graph from someone studying various forms of frustration from the one 'a' argh to the 4 'a' aaaargh.


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Rolling Yahtzee 1,296 and Yahtzee - Numberphile
Play Yahtzee Online
Generate Yahtzee Score Sheet Online
Yahtzee Score Sheet
Simplified Yahtzee Score Sheet Stage 1 and 2
AMAZING Dice Rolls - Numberphile - Viewer supplied Yahtzee rolls



Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, Reality’s Riddle
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy takes you inside the universe’s native language — symmetry.

Fabulous TED talk on Symmetry great for upper primary and secondary.
From beautiful upside-down columns to the mind-boggling number of symmetries in a Rubik’s Cube, he shares some of the brightest (and darkest) moments in the history of humanity’s fascination with symmetry.



Arthur Benjamin The Magic of Fibonacci Numbers
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)


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Computational Knowledge Search Engine
WolframAlpha answers questions that people might have not by searching available knowledge but by computing using built in knowledge and details, and providing new answers to specific questions.
Elementary Maths Examples Check out the general examples page to get some ideas.
Give your brain a quick work out with WolframAlpha See what amazing results you get when you just type in your first name - you will love it.


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World Population Growth and Exponential Functions

Current World Population large updating number - perfect for EWB


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This Brand New "Einstein" Tile Can Do Something No Other Shape Can Do
Check out the Video
There’s no relation to the famous physicist: in this case, “einstein” comes from the German “ein Stein”, meaning “one stone”. That’s because “the hat” can do something no other known shape can: it tesselates with itself in such a way that it can cover an infinite surface without ever creating a repeating pattern. TRY it out.
Check out the FREE downloadable from OneTwoThreeMAthTime


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Gigafloppingly Brilliant TESSELLATIONS
Mathematicians define "tessellate" as covering a plane with a pattern.
Tessellation Interactive
Japanese artist Makoto Nakamura Amazing
M.C. Escher,the Dutch artist and father of modern-day tessellations.
How to Make a Tessellation Video Use some thickish paper approximately 100 x 100.



FUN with Fractals
Link this up to Pythagoras Tree - Wolfram Alpha or Triangle Fractal

Check out my 4 Big Ideas eBook Some great ideas on using Fractals K - 6



Cool site for Egyptian Calculator
Translates into hieroglyphics, does mathematical calculations online, excellent site. Includes 16 other terrific interactive Ancient Egyptian activities.
Egyptian Numbers Symbols
Biographies of Women Mathematicians very comprehensive
Famous Mathematicians


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NRICH Enriching Mathematics site has age appropriate problems and this site also has a news letter and many other links - well worth a look.
Problems fo all stages, some of my favourites:-
The Amazing Splitting Plant - Lower Primary
Maze 100 Middle Primary
Problem 14 - Stage 3
Sums and Differences - Middle Primary


Maths Chase

Maths Chase is a completely free site where you can quickly test your times tables. The site is a very simple game and a very cool way to learn times tables.

Platonic SOLIDS


Platonic Solids V-Sauce Mysterium Cosmographicum
Is a great video for stage 2 and over. For 2D shapes and 3D platonic solid - tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, or icosahedron, a polytope is regular if all of its elements are alike.



MathTacular3-What's Your Angle - Great Youtube Video on Human angles.
Alien Angles Game - Great Intereactive online game.
Age of the Angles is an awesome application designed to reinforce protractor, angle measurement, and angle measure estimation skills.
Acute, Obtuse, and Right Angles - Online



Mathsisfun - Pythagoras
Who was Pythagoras? Why did he like triangles so much? And is it true that he died over a couple of beans?
Horrible Histories Pythagoras Video


Story of Flatland
A famous mathematics story, I just love it. "Be patient, for the world is broad and wide."
Flatland the Movie The Film (2007) (1 hour and 307 minutes))
Flatland the Movie Trailer- above is a great teaser video(2mins).


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Interactive Math
Pi has excited mathematicians for thousands of years. Why all the interest?
Approximating Pi with Inscribed Polygons Wolfram Alpha Interactive Increase the number of sides and get closer to a circle.
Check out the Virtual Teacher PI Page


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Fabulous Site with lots of games & interactives K-6
Clocks, Perimeter, and arithmetic of course. Some of my favourites of ES1-S1 are Addition Scale, Addition Pull and Math Flash Cards. Check out all the Maths Games here.  



ChristmasSierpinski Tetrahedron

MAKE a Sierpinski Christmas Tree
WATCH the Video- Christmas Geome-Tree - Math STEM Project Making Christmas Ornaments and a Sierpinski Triangle Tree Start at .25m in.
YOU MIGHT also like to check out my e-Book

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FOR MORE IDEAS about Sierpinski, Pythagoras, Fibonacci and the 4 colour Theory.


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Dr Seuss Book ReadAloud
Apps - iCAN Count Money Australia - Great little app for kids - with 6 games and 5 different levels in each. Suitable for stages 1 and 2
How Much money up to $1.00
Count money up to $5.00
How much money 5c and 10c coins


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