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Maths/Stats Units


ACHIEVING FINANCIAL GOALS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [102 KB]

ACHIEVING FINANCIAL GOALS

In this financial literacy unit students explore the following understandings:

•   the differences between needs and wants

•  why we must make decisions about spending money

•   how we can earn and supplement pocket money

•  why and how we need to make saving goals and  the steps we can take to ensure we reach our goals.  

IDEAS FOR TEACHERS FROM THE MINT

CALENDAR MATHS.pdf : [82 KB]

Using simple algebra, students can quickly add up numbers accurately without the use of a calculator – 'a great party trick'! Well not a trick actually – simply good mathematics.

CENSUS MATHS.pdf : [99 KB]

In this unit, students learn about the importance of carrying out a regular census, how it can be conducted and the use we make of the figures obtained.

CONDUCTING SURVEYS (HOW TO)

ALL ABOUT DATA

CHANGING SCHOOLS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [80 KB]

A short unit focusing on ratios, percentages and fractions based on how often students have changed schools.

CROSS CURRICULA FINANCIAL LITERACY.pdf : Subscription Only Download [106 KB]

CROSS CURRICULA FINANCIAL LITERACY

Financial literacy (also known as financial capability in NZC) for students can be defined as a set of skills that allows them to make informed and effective decisions about money. It is also about understanding what money is and how to manage it.

Although essentially mathematics based, the following 5 ‘starter’ ideas are provided for teachers to develop financial literacy skills through English, Social Science, and the Arts.

FINANCIAL LITERACY 1.pdf : [113 KB]

The first of four major units to introduce your class to the concept of financial literacy – money and how it works.

Unit one deals with the concepts of goods and services, the advent of trading societies and how money began and why it was 'invented'.

Websites supporting these units.

The Mint – Games, Activities, Resources

10 Money Education Games and Lessons

Financial Games and Resources

Classroom Financial Teaching Activities

FINANCIAL LITERACY 2.pdf : Subscription Only Download [120 KB]

Unit two deals with currency and New Zealand's notes and coins, making a class monetary system, what we use money for and an introduction to overseas currency.

FINANCIAL LITERACY 3.pdf : Subscription Only Download [103 KB]

Unit three deals with the concepts of choices we make about money, differences between needs and wants and earning and spending money. The unit concludes by exploring the concept of setting and achieving savings goals.

FINANCIAL LITERACY 4.pdf : Subscription Only Download [172 KB]

The series of units concludes with a close look at what banks do, how they work, and the special services that banks offer to their customers.

Additional Resources for this Unit

History of Money Thinkquest Website

British Museum History of Money – Video

What Banks Do With Money

FUN WITH NUMBERS.pdf : [89 KB]

Numeracy and Problem Solving exercises designed to introduce some 'fun' into using numbers. Seven short exercises including sequencing and calculator activities. Great for early finishers, group work and homework.

ONLINE NUMBER FUN GAMES

GIRTH OF THE EARTH PART 1.pdf : [171 KB]

GIRTH OF THE EARTH PART ONE

 

A practical mathematics activity using some modern technology and a little straight forward circle geometry to measure the circumference of our planet Earth. A 13-16 year old student problem. (NZ Year 9 –11+).

Related Website

Wikipedia Global Positioning System 

Te Papa Awesome Forces

Astro Wasington Edu Astronomy

GIRTH OF THE EARTH PART 2.pdf : [143 KB]

USING THE GIRTH OF THE EARTH

Having measured the girth of the Earth (or otherwise discovered that 40750km is the Great Circle circumference) several other things can be found out about the size of our planet. 

This resource is about calculating using this information. 13-16 year old student problems. (NZ Year 9 –11+).

GIVING DIRECTIONS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [76 KB]

In this lesson students will learn about giving directions: left; right; back; forward and making quarter turns. A compass is needed for second part of lesson – Reading Directions. Geometry – position and orientation based activities. Most suitable for Years 2–5+

DIRECTIONS AND LOCATIONS

INTERPRETING DROWNING STATISTICS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [106 KB]

Every year about 100 people drown every year in New Zealand. Water Safety New Zealand and other safety organisations carefully view the collected drowning statistics every year and use the information they contain to plan water safety campaigns for the most at-risk members of our community. In this unit, students study the drowning statistics and discover why they are such an important tool in helping to prevent unintentional drownings in New Zealand

Video links supporting this unit.

Statistics Video List

Website supporting this unit.

All About Data – what is, showing, collecting …



KNOWING OURSELVES MATHS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [97 KB]

The following ideas are designed to be useful as independent individual and group tasks for most students in the years 4–8. The activities encourage discussion and a problem solving approach. 

NEWSPAPER MATHS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [107 KB]

Sections of newspapers are used to provide a wealth of maths activities and calculations including ratios, temperatures and surveys.

Websites supporting this unit.

About Ratios

Ratio Worksheets

Create and Customise Ratio/Fraction Worksheets

NUMBER CRUNCHERS INTRODUCTION 01.pdf : [59 KB]

NUMBER CRUNCHERS – A TEACHER INTRODUCTION

The 10 levels of Number Crunchers – Basic Number Facts, are designed to develop speed, accuracy and confidence when working with number activities in mathematics. Each of the 10 levels has been written and organised to meet the developmental needs of most students in the 9–14 year age group.

(They can also be used for remedial work with older students).

Download this pdf to find out all about the full programme, how it is structured, and how to use it in your classroom.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 01.zip : [1 MB]

Level One Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

Web games supporting Number Crunchers.

Number Crunchers Game

Number Crunchers Challenge (3 Levels)

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 02.zip : Subscription Only Download [994 KB]

Level Two Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 03.zip : Subscription Only Download [1 MB]

Level Three Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 04.zip : Subscription Only Download [1 MB]

Level Four Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 05.zip : Subscription Only Download [1 MB]

Level Five Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 06.zip : Subscription Only Download [5 MB]

Level Six Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 07.zip : Subscription Only Download [4 MB]

Level Seven Number crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 08.zip : Subscription Only Download [5 MB]

Level Eight Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 09.zip : Subscription Only Download [5 MB]

Level Nine Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS LEVEL 10.zip : Subscription Only Download [5 MB]

Level Ten Number Crunchers. 10 sets of 6 lists.

NUMBER CRUNCHERS STUDENT SHEET 02.pdf : [44 KB]

Number Crunchers Student Answer Sheet Blank Copymaster.

POST HOLIDAY MATHS.pdf : [117 KB]

A series of fun mathematical activities including critical thinking, data gathering, graphic displays and calculating, based on the topic of 'what we did during the holidays'.

PRIME NUMBERS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [93 KB]

A fun introduction to the concept of prime numbers under 100 using the 'Sieve of Erastothenes'.

Websites to support this unit.


Prime Numbers at Fact Monster

Prime Number Teaching Ideas

READING DIRECTIONS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [79 KB]

In this lesson students will learn about reading directions: north, south, east and west. A compass is needed for the final part of this lesson. Position and orientation based geometry activities for years 2–5+.

TRAFFIC SURVEY.pdf : Subscription Only Download [100 KB]

The first in a new series of Maths Shorts – maths topics based on an environmental theme. In this unit we conduct surveys on traffic flows, volumes and driver behavior. The unit also challenges students to apply their surveys to a real life situation – that of encouraging drivers to share their car with others so there are less cars on our roads.

Webcam Live Links for NZ Major Cities for Further Surveys

Auckland Motorways Webcams

Wellington Area Webcams

Christchurch Area Webcams

Dunedin Area Webcams

Hamilton Area Webcams

TV MATHS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [94 KB]

Activities based on TV programming to Encourage Mathematical and Statistical Thinking

WATER MATHS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [107 KB]

Water is an essential, important and sometimes scarce commodity that we all must learn to conserve and use wisely. In this series of mathematic based activities, students conduct investigations into the amount of water used on a daily, weekly and yearly basis – at school, at home and in the local community. Extension activities have students find out about the purity, origin and any water restrictions imposed on local community water.