What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?
What statements can you make about the car that passes the school gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and test your ideas?
Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?
This activity asks you to collect information about the birds you see in the garden. Are there patterns in the data or do the birds seem to visit randomly?
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
Take ten sticks in heaps any way you like. Make a new heap using one from each of the heaps. By repeating that process could the arrangement 7 - 1 - 1 - 1 ever turn up, except by starting with it?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
In this investigation, we look at Pascal's Triangle in a slightly different way - rotated and with the top line of ones taken off.
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
In this article for teachers, Bernard gives an example of taking an initial activity and getting questions going that lead to other explorations.
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a sequence adding 2 each time?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Follow the directions for circling numbers in the matrix. Add all the circled numbers together. Note your answer. Try again with a different starting number. What do you notice?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.
All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have. . . .
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Numbers arranged in a square but some exceptional spatial awareness probably needed.
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.