angles in parallel lines foldable – A way to help students remember the key angle facts with examples underneath. I like to get students to colour code each one, they think I’m a bit mad when I ask what colour they feel like corresponding might be but it seems to help.
Trig and pythagoras
Pythagoras cut out proof – Worksheet – Pieces – I like to start my first Pythagoras lesson by giving students all of the pieces to make Perigal’s dissection proof, I ask them to make a square but don’t tell them why. As I teach resit classes they’ve seen Pythagoras plenty of times before so I try to help them see it differently.
Trig dot 2 dot starter – A nice easy start just putting things into a calculator and finding the answer. It’s a chance to make sure everyone knows how their calculator works and sort out any that are in the wrong mode. There are a few spare dots that don’t match up and ones where rounding correctly is important. Answers included but I’m pretty sure you’ll guess what is happening quickly enough.
triangles flow diagram foldable – Working out which to use always seems to be the hardest part of triangle questions. This is a way to try and get students to think about which they need and then try to remember the formulas before checking by lifting the tab. There is a whole pop up book of trigonometry that I’ll be putting up in the A level section soon.
Which to use – questions – sheet – Lots of exam questions about triangles that need to be cut up, matched to the correct method and then solved. This is a long activity that I do with my B+ students as an end of topic review, they found it hard but liked it. It’s useful to have the flow diagram foldable available if they aren’t confident. It’s best to work in pairs and that helps with printing, print one page of the questions for each pair as there’s two sets per page.
Converting measures Jigsaw, Converting measures – answers – A tarsia jigsaw I made with useful conversions on, where it is metric to imperial they are approximate. Everything can be done by using a bit of logic but it’s fairly tricky. Before I used it with a class I made my friends test it out (you know you have good friends when you can invite them for dinner and make them try out resources) it took 2 phd students and a maths graduate a little while! My class managed it with a bit of support. I can’t upload the original file but feel free to email if you would like a copy.
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