I love the end of term, as it always brings the chance to dive off the scheme if work a little bit and do something a bit different. Here are a few ideas that I have used just before the Easter holidays, and have always gone down well.
The first is Easter Egg Tangrams. This is a spin on the classic tangram puzzle, where the pieces are made by cutting up an egg rather than a square. Students have to follow some detailed instructions to first create the egg (using lots of compass skills). Once they have the pieces, they have to arrange them to make some different birds.
After a rather disruptful couple of weeks for my year 8 class (trips took them out of school, and various other things), we had kind of finished straight line graphs, but I wanted to use one final single lesson to check they had all understood what we had done. We had done lots of drawing axes and plotting graphs, but I really wanted to check their ability to recognise graphs, rather than the laborious process of drawing them out.
I decided to do this Straight Line Graphs Matching Activity instead. The premise is simple. There are 24 graphs and 24 equations, and students have to match up each of them.
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