It is a well established fact that we learn far more easier when involved in a fun and playful way! If we look at the massive popularity games like soduku have achieved we need to take some time out for our learners to engage in fun games that will also teach them to efforlessly do basic maths calculations with some logic thrown in.

One of these games are Calcudoku. “CalcuDoku are math based puzzles coupled with logic. Unlike other logic puzzles, CalcuDoku uses addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in ways which are deeper and more gratifying than anyone can imagine.”

Each puzzle consists of a grid containing blocks surrounded by bold lines. The object is to fill all empty squares so that the numbers 1 to N (where N is the number of rows or columns in the grid) appear exactly once in each row and column and the numbers in each block produce the result of the math operation shown in the top-left corner of the block. In CalcuDoku a number may be used more than once in the same block. To see how it works, try out the interactive tutorial here…or add the widget to your blog where you can play an Calcuduko which gets updated regularly.

This is more a maths than a Ml resource but….”This is an excellent place to go if you want to understand how to complete problems in basic math, trigonometry, calculus, or algebra. Mr. McKeague is a mathematician who offers clear examples on math problems through a video. He is joined by various students who also give eamples to math problems. The videos found here have super quality and would definitely help to instruct or teach difficult math explanations. This site is free, and they offer a free subscription if you plan to use the site often. When you join, you can create playlists because a login has been created for your usage.” Thanx Dearlibrarian for pointing me to this! http://www.dearlibrarian.com

We celebrate pi day on the 14th of March (every year), so I thought I will post my pi day links here for all of us to snack on!

http://www.facade.com/legacy/amiinpi/ Is your birthday (or any sequence of digits) in Pi?
This site lets you enter your birthday as a sequence of
numbers and it checks to see if that sequence of digits
exists in the first 1254543 digits of Pi.

Deborah Ramos: This is my webpage with links to PDF documents of the “Pi Day” activities I use with my seventh grade students. If I remember correctly,
some of the ideas/activities came from NCTM, but I created all of the
documents myself. The Tool Kit page is based on the “Tool Kit”
by CPM. (“The First 10,000 Digits of Pi” are easily found by
internet search, I just formatted them.
http://www.sonic.net/~dramos/PI_Day/

Maths in Work has been designed to offer glimpses of the real world of work via video clips, to help students appreciate not only the relevance of mathematics but its importance in every day life. The clips feature the people who are actually ‘doing the job’ and explain some of the maths processes that they are involved with on a daily basis. There is a brief synopsis of each clip which identifies the maths topics covered, and all clips end with the simple question, “What mathematics would be involved in the work you have just watched?” The teacher is free to approach the viewing in whatever way seems appropriate to his/her circumstances.

This great interactive simulation lesson with learner worksheets let learners investigate a crash scene, taking into account all evidence and then , using given formula, calculate data in ordert to detemine what happened.

This leaflet gives a quick overview of what ML learners will learn and how the knowledge will assist them in real life situations. It show the applicability of ML as a great subject.

This lesson focuses on money as something you either own or owe. The lesson is organised around the context of earning an income and includes the principal message that good money management can create security and help a person work towards their future dreams. By the end of this lesson, learners will know/be able to:

discuss the role of money in their dream/plan for the future;

understand that money can be owned (+) or owed (-);