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Literacy and numeracy improvement: a whole-school approach

This teacher resource describes how 74 public schools in metropolitan, regional and rural Western Australia used three major components of the school improvement cycle to achieve significant improvement in the literacy and numeracy learning outcomes of their students. The resource is organised in nine sections: Summary, ...

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Number talks

Use these tasks and resources to provide opportunities for students to explain mental strategies for performing calculations. Present a number of mathematical statements for students to investigate whether they are true or false. As a further challenge include statements about percentages and improper fractions.

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Starting Smart: how are problems solved? - year 2

This curriculum resource package is a ten-week teaching plan and set of resources developed to extend year 2 students' knowledge and understanding of numbers and operations. The package includes seven detailed lesson plans to establish students' current knowledge about counting-on and number bonds to 20. Throughout, students ...

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Starting Smart: how are problems solved? - years 4-6

This curriculum resource package is a ten-week teaching plan and set of supporting resources for the middle to upper primary years, focusing on developing students' problem-solving skills. Beginning with students' understanding and knowledge of number, students learn strategies to use number sentences to solve problems ...

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Divide it up: puppies - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Use a dividing tool to make equal shares of biscuits and toys in a pet shop. For example, share 34 biscuits equally between 6 puppies. Predict how many items each puppy will get, or how many packets can be filled. Check your prediction. Decide what to do with any leftovers. Complete a sentence describing ...

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Wishball - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Challenge your understanding of place value in whole numbers and decimal fractions, from 0.001 to 9999. Either add or subtract numbers to reach a target number. For example, receive a starting number of 39.61. Spin the number 5 and decide whether to add or subtract 0.05, 0.5, 5 or 50 to reach your target ...

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Mental computation

This is a website designed for both teachers and students that discusses methods of mental computation. In particular, applying the associative, commutative and distributive laws to aid mental and written computation is discussed. These are important ideas for the introduction of algebra. There are pages for both teachers ...

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Whole numbers with all four operations

This is a website designed for both teachers and students that addresses whole numbers with the four operations from the Australian Curriculum for year 6 students. It contains material on the strategies and algorithms used when adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers. There are pages for both teachers ...

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Top drawer teachers: mental computation

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of strategies for mental computation through links to six sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind mental computation, and the second section uses research findings to identify some common learning issues when becoming fluent in mental computation. ...

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Top drawer teachers

This is a website that covers five mathematical topics: fractions, mental computation, patterns, statistical literacy and ‘reasoning’. It also explores good teaching practice linked to classroom activities including how to address common misunderstandings. There is also a section for assessment, as well as worksheets with ...

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MoneySmart: Sal's secret

This is a year 3 mathematics unit of work about saving and budgeting for a class party. The unit is intended to take about 10.5 hours of teaching and learning time spread over some months. It consists of nine student activities supported by teacher notes on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Student activities include ...

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MoneySmart: The house of needs and wants

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the mathematics, English and science curriculums around planning a school breakfast. The unit was written for year 3 and is intended to take about 12 hours. It consists of 11 student activities supported by teacher notes on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Student activities ...

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Gobbling Goblins

Welcome to 'The Toadstool Bistro', the hottest diner in Goblin Town. Maître d' Grundle is in a panic! The Gobbling Goblins, three fierce food critics, have arrived at The Toadstool Bistro and they're determined to put your kitchen to the test! Your goal is to keep the food coming for these ghastly gourmets. Use your maths ...

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reSolve: Multiplication - reSolve Bakery

This series of three lessons explores strategies for multi-digit multiplication. Students are presented with a range of problems in the context of a bakery producing arrays of cupcakes. The lessons aim to develop a range of strategies based on the associative and distributive properties of multiplication, moving students ...

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reSolve: Addition: Chess - The Rook

This lesson engages students in investigating place value and the addition and subtraction of numbers by exploring computation on the number chart. Students analyse the moves of a rook chess piece and how the value of the numbers change as he moves. This builds into an exploration of how the number chart can be used as ...

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reSolve: Authentic Problems: What's For Lunch?

This sequence of four lessons invites students to investigate how many of a chosen food item are eaten at their school in a year. Students identify the mathematical knowledge they need to find how many of the selected items they eat in a year and devise a plan to find the total number, using grouping, partitioning and repeated ...

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reSolve: Authentic Problems: 10000 Centicubes

This sequence of four lessons integrates content in number and measurement to deepen students' understanding and confidence working with larger numbers. Students work flexibly with numbers up to 10 000 as they determine suitable dimensions for a container that can hold 10 000 centicubes. They are challenged to plan, construct ...

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The take-away bar: generate hard subtractions

Solve subtractions such as 87-29. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated subtractions. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a subtraction into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series ...

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The take-away bar: go figure

This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains strategies for solving subtractions in your head such as 87-39. Work through sample questions and instructions explaining how to use linear partitioning techniques. Solve subtractions by breaking them up into parts that are easy to work with, work out each ...

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The number partner

Explore how to break up numbers into pairs of smaller numbers such as 15 = 9 + 6. Work through examples of whole number pairs and sample questions. Apply these principles to solve additions or subtractions. Use a partitioning tool to break up numbers under 30. Recognise number patterns; use the strategy of counting on.