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Welcome to www.mathematicalbeginnings.com!

 

This website contains a free collection of starting points for mathematical activity. They could be used with learners aged around 11 upwards as a part of normal mathematics lessons or as something Ďa little differentí.

Each beginning is intended to be provocative and to inspire some productive mathematical work. If being used with a whole class, the beginning could be displayed on a data projector; alternatively, it could be viewed on a computer screen or printed out.

A beginning turns into a task when learners start asking mathematical questions about it. On a separate page, some prompts are provided to help learners find mathematics to work on, but the ultimate aim is for the beginning to be sufficient by itself. One way to start is to invite learners to ĎSay what you seeí or to ask ĎWhat mathematical questions can you ask?í.

Some brief teacherís notes are also offered, indicating possible mathematics that could emerge.

Please let me know if you have suggestions of any kind.

Colin Foster

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www.foster77.co.uk

 

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Beach

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Braille

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Cakes on a Plate

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Calculation Clock

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Calculation Question

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Chocolate Cake

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Circles

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Clock in Reverse

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Coffee Cards

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Container

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Crazy Clocks

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Dots

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Driveway

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Escalator

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House

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Just Add

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Keyboard

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Library

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Mosaic

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Mugs

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Number Cube

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One Bus = 20 Cars ?

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One Hundred

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Pens in a Cup

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Plug Hole

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Polygon Road

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Roof

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Round Table

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Scales

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Shoe Sizes

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Shoes

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Soft Drinks

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Special Offers

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Speed Limit

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Stacking

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Sweet Boxes

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Sweets

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Tablets

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Tiles

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Tissues

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Toilet Roll

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Tree

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Turkish Delight

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Viewpoint

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Wall

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Was ... Now ...

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© Colin Foster 2012, www.foster77.co.uk