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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.

Interactive resource

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.

Interactive resource

The number partner: go figure

This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains strategies for breaking up numbers into pairs of smaller numbers, eg 15 = 11 + 4. Work through examples of whole number pairs and sample questions. Apply these principles to solve additions or subtractions.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

The array

Use an array-building tool to help solve multiplications. Explore strategies to break up multiplications. Create and solve easy multiplications such as 9x3. Examine relationships between rows, columns and areas in arrays.

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The array: go figure

This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains strategies for solving simple multiplications in your head such as 6x4. Work through sample questions and instructions explaining how to break up numbers into their factors. Solve multiplications by using arrays to break them up into rows and columns, then ...

Interactive resource

The difference bar: make your own easy subtractions

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of numbers such as 8 and 64. Choose your own pairs of numbers (a single-digit number and a two-digit number). Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the ...

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The difference bar: make your own hard subtractions

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of two-digit numbers such as 27 and 86. Choose your own pairs of numbers. Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning ...

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The difference bar: generate easy subtractions

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of two-digit numbers such as 25 and 34. In these examples, the difference is always less than ten. Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation.

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The difference bar: generate hard subtractions

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of two-digit numbers such as 25 and 44. In most of these examples, the difference is greater than ten. Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original ...

Interactive resource

The difference bar: go figure

This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains how to split up numbers in your head when finding the difference between two numbers such as 26 and 73. Work through sample questions and instructions explaining how to use linear partitioning techniques. Find the difference between pairs of numbers. Split ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Cassowary ecology quiz

Explore facts about the life of cassowaries: physical characteristics; diet; habitat; life cycles; and locations. Interact with graphs to see how much people can help cassowaries. Work through ecology notes and resources. Answer questions as you go; express your answers as fractions. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Design a school

Help a town planner to design a site plan for a school. Using a 10x10 grid, design areas for four regions (library, car park, lawn and canteen) based on the percentages given. Assign the area for an additional two regions, using percentages of your choice. Use a number line to indicate the equivalent fractions for two regions. ...

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Playground percentages

Help a town planner to design two site plans for a school. Assign regions on a 10x10 grid for different uses such as a playground, canteen, car park or lawn. Calculate the percentage of the total site used for each region. Use a number line to display fractions and equivalent fractions.

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Compound shapes

Select from three levels of complexity for working with polygons. Estimate the area of a randomly-generated polygon. Try counting squares on a grid to help your estimate. Cut the shape into rectangles and triangles. Use a formula to calculate the exact area for each of the simple shapes. Then find the total area for the ...

Interactive resource

School canteen: restock: level 1

Buy supplies online for a school canteen. Purchase given amounts of items such as muffins or bread rolls. Notice that the unit price of the items remains the same regardless of the quantity purchased. Perform basic calculations to work out how many packs you will need. For example, in order to purchase 80 bread rolls (available ...

Interactive resource

Squirt: two containers

Examine the relationships between capacities of various containers. Look at two containers that may have different diameters, heights and shapes. Fill a container and squirt liquids between the containers to establish the proportional relationship. Express relationships using mathematical notation such as a=6xb. This learning ...

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Squirt: two containers: level 1

Examine the relationships between capacities of containers of the same shape, but different size. Squirt liquids between two containers to establish the proportional relationship. Express relationships using mathematical notation such as a=6xb. This learning object is the first in a series of five objects that progressively ...