By Alan Thwaites
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26 RESOURCES GROUP SIZE Decimals 2cm squared paper Scissors Any This is an easy-to-make aid for multiplication and division by 10, 100 and 1,000. Each child will require up to ten strips of 2cm squared paper, each about 20cm long by 2cm wide and put aside. Cut one strip the same length but 6cm wide. Fold the 6cm-wide strip in half, lengthwise. This should produce a crease through the middle row of squares. Find the middle square of the folded row. Carefully cut two slits, a little less than 1cm apart, from the folded edge into the middle square, cutting to the printed horizontal lines.
Place the ‘bus stops’ around the sides of the available space, preferably at eye level. Make a set of postcards which refer to the bus numbers you have used. For this example the postcards could read: ‘odd numbers’; ‘even numbers’; ‘even multiples of five’; ‘odd multiples of five’; ‘multiples of four’. ’ or similar, whereupon everyone must stand still and listen to the instructions. A card is chosen at random and read out. On picking out, say, ‘odd numbers’, the caller decides whether to say ‘odd numbers only are running’ or ‘no odd numbers running today’.
Play continues until all the cards have been used. This game works well with showing answers on whiteboards and entrusting players with their own scoring. DIFFEREN TIATION An easier version is to ignore the cards, throw a dice and if it is, say, a 3, call a multiple of 3 for the division sum to be written on a whiteboard. Decide how remainders are to be expressed. This is useful for consolidating rounding if calculators are allowed. More confident players can be challenged with threedigit numbers.
100 Ideas for Teaching Primary Mathematics by Alan Thwaites