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Prompt Cards

These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.

Exploring Wild & Wonderful Number Patterns

EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.


Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?

Calendar Patterns

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Below is a copy of a calendar for 2008 showing December.
Put a square box around the 1st , 2nd , 8th and 9th .
Choose two of the numbers and add them together.
Choose another pair and add them. Keep going until you have made all the pairs.
What do you notice about the answers?

Put a box around another set of four numbers and try this again.

Look for other patterns.

Try multiplying - perhaps you could use a calculator to help.

What happens in other months?