• The Rainbow Fish
October 28, 2013

Ann was recently at Frenchville Primary School where she noticed a display based on the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, one of her favourite series of books., The following photograph shows the whole display but look closely at the next photo and you will see that the scales on each fish are made from fractions of cup cake papers., How many cup cakes wrappers were needed to make each fish Ann wondered., The Problem, (Note the first picture to follow has scales that are ¼ of the paper and the...

• The Spider Party
October 21, 2013

A couple of weeks ago we showed the Jelly Bean problem from Kathy Lanthois’s Year 7 class and promised more. Well here is the class Spider Party Problem., Kathy’s class researched the best and most economical spider drinks for the spider party that they were actually going to have., Note: this is important. The Spider Party was a real problem not a Mickey Mouse ‘let’s pretend we going to have a party’ problem or even and Ann Baker true story. It took several days of working with surveys and...

• A Halloween Problem
October 19, 2013

Ann was running a demo lesson with the year 3s at Crestmead Primary School this week. Ann told the class that she wanted to make 12 trick or treat bags for a Halloween party but didn’t know what to put in them. The students were quick to identify the quintessential ingredients for the bags. The problem that emerged is shown below along with a few student samples that demonstrate a wide range of strategies., 12 bags, Each bag will have:, , 6 sour worms, 2 sets of vampire teeth, 5 bubble gums, 4...

• Metric Measurement Week
October 11, 2013

This week is National Metric Week in America where despite the fact that they still use Imperial measures such as feet and inches, there are some people who think that metric measures are the way to go. One thing led to another and the next thing we were discussing the developmental sequence that leads to deep understanding of linear measurement. As we were talking about that we decided to blog about our Linear Measurement Series, Books1, 2 and 3 which we researched, trialled in classrooms and...

• Showcasing South Australian Teachers
October 09, 2013

Ann is really enjoying her work with South Australian teachers. Recently Kathy Lanthois of Darlington Primary School invited Ann into her Year 7 classroom to see what her class had been up to in maths. What a term her class must have had and no wonder her students look forward to maths so much. Today we are showcasing her Jelly Bean project. Her class had been learning about fractions, decimals and percents and so, to see what they had learned and could apply, the Jelly Bean Maths activity was...