Mathematics Stories

Thinking about Mathematics ‘stories’  reminded me of  ‘John and Betty’s Journey into Complex Numbers‘ which has always made me smile.

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For a rather different kind of presentation – why not write a ‘story’ ?  There are many online tools available, a favourite of mine is Storybird.

I wrote a very simple story on algebra (like terms) simply to show some students Storybird and hopefully inspire them to write their own (they did!).

Some of my students helped me write this on sequences:

….and when they were revising for exams they wrote several more!

Storybird is a tool for writing digital stories, it’s great fun and easy to use. Set up an account (free) – choose your art work and get writing! Students under 13 can sign up with parental permission. Note that teachers can set up class accounts for students of any age. See the details here.

There is a training video available from Russell Stannard’s TeachertrainingVideos site.

For more on the use of Storybird – see this post on Digital Tools.

Manga High – Prodigi Quizzes

Teachers here’s everything you need to know about getting started at Manga High.

Manga High seems well known for its games, it is also well worth investigating the excellent Prodigi quizzes available.

Hundreds of these are available offering excellent curriculum coverage. To access the resources select Challenges from the Activities menu.

The search facility offers teachers the opportunity to filter by curriculum area, age, level and whether a calculator is allowed; for example a simple search of Prodigi quizzes on Algebra gives the results as shown below. (A complete list of all quizzes is available here.)

Unlike the available games students cannot see the available Prodigi quizzes unless a teacher sets them as challenges (or you have a subscription). You can view very clear instructions on setting challenges on the Manga High website.

Pretty Graphs!

love Desmos

The Desmos graphing calculator has to be one of my favourite graphing tools. It’s powerful, easy to use, allows one to share graphs and it is possible to create an account and save graphs.

Polars - sliders

Using the sliders feature students could investigate any graphs. The Further Mathematicians could easily explore the family of rose curves for example. Click on the image below then play with the sliders!

For further applets and resources to explore polar curves see this page on Mathematics Calculators.

Mathematics Posters

See this updated post on Posters, with some great new additions.

nrich posterThere are many excellent sources of free Mathematics posters available on various sites.

Jenny Eather’s Maths Charts includes over 200 posters on a wide variety of topics. (Jenny Eather’s dictionary is also excellent).

Nrich have turned many of their excellent problems into attractive posters. Note the link to download a zip file of all the posters.


The Classic Mistake site has a wonderful collection of those classic mistakes that teachers regularly see. These posters can be downloaded in colour or black and white, a podcast explaining the mistake is also available for each poster.
Note all the other downloads available from the same site.


The Mathematical Moments site features many downloadable pdfs, posters which show the role that Mathematics plays in Science, Technology and Human Culture. A short or more detailed version of each poster is available and a search is provided.

Mathematical Moments - Sticking the Landing

Mathematical Moments – Sticking the Landing


On TES Resources Owen has created an excellent set of A4 posters inspired by Ian Stewart’s ‘17 Equations that Changed the World‘.
(You will need to register with TES (free) to download any resources).

You can read more about the 17 equation on The World Economic Forum where for each equation we have the following information:

  • What does it mean?
  • History
  • Importance
  • Modern use

The equations posters together with this information would make an interesting display.
17 equations poster


The excellent Maths Careers site includes many posters to download, scroll down the page to see a great collection. Note also the booklet on Where the Maths you learn is used.


Math Gems from Thinkzone has a collection of free posters described as an assortment of mathematical marvels – these won’t use up  your colour inks!

Math Gems

Math Gems


From Plus Magazine – a series of posters for display in classrooms.

Plus Magazine Posters

Plus Magazine Posters

Also, see all these posters from Plus, lots of Maths for your walls!


Word It OutFor making your own vocabulary posters, using a word cloud generator such as Word It Out makes the job easy. Simply enter some text and create your word cloud. You can then share your cloud if you want to. It is also possible to embed it on your blog or website.

Note that you can use the tilde (~) character to keep words together.
A great feature for mathematicians – WordItOut can easily cope with the equals sign, division signs also – see for example this equation. It seems other symbols are possible also.

Various options are available, you can change the colours of your words and the background colour, you can also change the size of the font and the variation in size allowed.

Emma made our Year 7 class a poster of the vocabulary needed for our work on shapes and here is a very simple example on Linear Sequences.

tagxedo

Tagxedo is another possibility, this also allows a choice of shape.


For a collection of Numeracy Across the Curriculum posters, have a look at this collection which includes posters on Numeracy for a variety of subjects.I came across these on Twitter; looking at the address, thank you to Inveralmond Community High School.


….and on a lighter note, my son sent me this from GraphJam.com.

charts potato
see more Funny Graphs