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What's the problem: nature: level 2

Star as a contestant in a quiz show! Select three worded mathematical problems, about nature, from two categories: 'plants' or 'animals'. Identify the correct answer for each step in the problem-solving process. Examine the suggestions made by the panel to help you. Collect a prize based on your score.

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A whole-school approach in literacy and numeracy

This teacher resource describes the successful whole-school strategies implemented by 147 New South Wales schools to improve the literacy and numeracy of students, particularly those not achieving national minimum standards. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Next steps; Lessons ...

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What is a fractal?

Do you know what a fractal is? Basically, fractals are never-ending patterns created by repeated mathematical equations. In this clip, Yuliya, a student at MIT (in the USA) describes the properties of fractals and shows you where they can be found in technology and nature. Have a good look at the world around you and see ...

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MoneySmart: Money maps

This learning object helps students to explore the history of currency including bartering, the development of cash systems, and the arrival of cards and ATMs, both in Australia and around the world. It provides an interactive time line which spans the development of currency around the globe from 9000BCE to today, and ...

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Maths Years F-1 with Miss James: Subtraction using concrete and pictorial strategies

In this lesson, Miss James teaches you how to solve subtraction problems using counters and pictures. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the subtraction questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Maths Years F-1 with Miss James: Addition using concrete and pictorial strategies

In this lesson, Miss James teaches you how to solve addition problems using counters and pictures. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the addition questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Fun with fractals

Do you know how to recognise a fractal? Watch this video to find out! What are the examples given of fractals found in nature? Can you think of any others? Why not have a go at doing your own drawing of the Sierpinski Triangle?

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Can you guess the weight of Uluru?

What is the "wisdom of a crowd"? Mathematician Lily Serna investigates a mathematical phenomenon that suggests that if you have a large enough crowd, with a broad variety of people making estimates, then the mean (average) answer of the crowd will be accurate! Find out if a crowd can guess the weight of Uluru from the ground ...

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Literacy and Numeracy Pilot in low SES school communities

This teacher resource describes a pilot implemented in 76 public schools in Victoria, including primary, P-12, and secondary schools in two rural and regional and two metropolitan clusters. The pilot aimed to improve the literacy and numeracy of students in low socioeconomic status communities. This included new arrivals, ...

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Probability and the gambler's fallacy

Mathematician Lily Serna visits Luna Park to explain a great probability pitfall. She shares a century-old tale from Monte Carlo casino, and then she puts its lesson to the test. If you flip a coin and it lands on heads three times in a row, what result would you predict for the next flip? Find out why intuition might land ...

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Chance and playing with dice

Have you ever played a game that required you to roll a dice? Did you know that you have equal chances of rolling any of the six numbers? Can you think of another experiment where you have an equal chance of getting one result or the other?

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Importance of zero

How important is zero in place value? How would you write '50' if there was no zero?

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Maths Years F-1 with Miss James: Worded problems with addition and subtraction

In this lesson, Miss James needs your detective skills to solve some addition and subtraction problems. Look for clue words that will help you to decide if you should add or subtract, then try to challenge one of your family members at home!

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Calculate your compost

Watch this clip and learn how to make the best use of your fruit and vegie scraps. What are the three uses Costa suggests? JP Williamson says that, on average, households produce 2.3kg of compostable food waste per week. Can you use this figure to calculate how much food waste your street produces each week? Using your ...

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Maths Years 3 - 6 with Miss White: Subtraction with regrouping

In this lesson, Miss White teaches you how to use regrouping to complete formal subtraction problems. She will introduce you to a helpful rhyme, which will help you when you're trying to solve tricky subtraction questions.

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Maths Years 3 - 6 with Miss White: Addition with regrouping

In this lesson, Miss White teaches you how to use regrouping to complete formal addition problems. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the addition questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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What are factors?

What are factors? Watch as the jelly babies in this clip show you! What are the factors of 12? How many factors does the number 11 have? Try explaining to a friend what a prime number is.

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Maths Years F-1 with Miss James: Subtraction using a number line

In this lesson, Miss James teaches you the valuable “counting back” strategy to help you solve tricky subtraction problems. She demonstrates how to use a number line correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Maths Years 3 - 6 with Miss White: Subtraction without regrouping

In this lesson, Miss White teaches you how to complete formal subtraction problems without regrouping. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the subtraction questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Maths Years 3 - 6 with Miss White: Addition without regrouping

In this lesson, Miss White teaches you how to complete formal addition problems without regrouping. She demonstrates how to set up and solve the addition questions correctly, and she provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.