We are delighted to be publishing these activities that exploit the mathematical potential of Numicon Imagery. All the activities start at a low threshold and use the Numicon Shapes and Cuisenaire Rods as a starting point to allow the majority of pupils to be involved at a basic level. The activities have also been designed as open-ended investigations and give plenty of opportunity for gifted and talented children to develop their skills and the take the challenges to higher levels.
Among other ideas the challenges focus on the relative values of numbers that are shown clearly by the Numicon Shapes, in ways not provided by numerals. By using the Numicon Shapes and Cuiseniare Rods investigation is dynamic, helping children to recognize that numbers form a highly organized system full of many patterns.
Each challenge can be taken to higher levels by the most able children in NZ curriculum Level 2, and some of the challenges can be extended into NZ Curriculum Level 3. The investigations give children opportunities to use and apply their number understanding and to extend their mathematical thinking. There are opportunities for conjecture, trial, improvement, logical thinking about numbers and careful mathematical deduction. Children will also see the advantage of setting out their work systematically to reveal emerging patterns and demonstrate their thinking.
The Teaching Binder has activities starting at a low threshold. By using the familiar Numicon Shapes and Number Rods as a starting point, the majority of students can be involved at a basic level.
However the activities have been designed as open-ended investigations and give plenty of opportunity for gifted and talented students to develop their skills and the take the challenges to higher levels.
10 activities for students to think mathematically. Suitable for Years 4 and above and also younger gifted and talented students
To view a sample page click here
Two options for purchase:
Investigations with Numicon- apparatus only
Investigations with Numicon- Teaching Guide only
Purchase both for the full benefit or use apparatus from other packs.
Click here for a sample activity at the Numicon UK website