Human Clock

This lesson was created by Ellen Kelly. She is in her final year studying Maths and Biology at NUI,Maynooth. She has always enjoyed maths and hopes to teach it at a secondary school level soon enough! however when im not pondering some maths problems or prepairing my classes she likes to relax with a bit of yoga. 🙂

For this lesson

  • Cut out the numbers 1-12 and place them around the table to resemble a clock face. (or you can get the students to draw the numbers on the table now that we can do that!)
  • Now simply ask each student to be either the minute hand or  the hour hand and given a time ask them to possition themselves appropriatley around the table.
  • This lesson can be easily adjusted depending on the number of students to a class and the eqiupment/space available to you.
  • For instance with only one student the clock hands can be cut out so the student can place them in; or with more than 12 students each one can be a number and stand in a circle representing the clock itself while the remaing students act as the clock hands.
  • I found a price list for a themepark, aquarium etc.
  • These are very useful for the students to plan a day full of fun with as many of there friends as they wish! They can even plan what to have for lunch.
  • The students must then calculate how much the day trip is going to cost per person or in total. They can also calculate which discount will be most profitable to them. With this exercise multiplication, division, addition and percentages are all incorporated.
  • I found this to be a very enjoyable exercise for all involved while also showing how maths can be included in everyday life.

Colour by Numbers

select a picture, divide it up and set up a series of sums to solve that will give you the correct values to colour in ..

  • We’ve all done it but have we done it with multiplication??
  • Each section of the divided picture contains a mulitplication sum, depending on the colour this section must be coloured a certain colour.

My main reason for picking this lesson as a winner is that they are all so simple. Now that we write on the tables there is no prep even needed. Students with Dyscalculia in particular find it hard to relate to random numbers and maths concepts, this lesson incorporates these students into the class without seeming to have to do anything special for them. They have given a purpose for learning the ideas in a fun, visual and practical way for everyone! The size of the class doesn’t mater either.