Loop Activities / Treasure Hunts

Maths4Everyone – loop cards
Maths4Everyone – loop cards

Loop cards can make a great starter or plenary and are certainly useful for revision.

From David Morse on Maths4Everyone, see this very attractively presented set of loop cards resources.

Before you create your own though, try this TES collection! See this great set of Trigonometry Loop Cards from Interactive Maths for example. Note you can narrow the search by Key Stage and then by topic.

The wonderful Tarsia software has Follow Me cards as one of the output types so this could be a good way to create any new sets, the maximum size for a single set is 24.

Tarsia Follow Me

The more sophisticated versions of loop activities like treasure hunts can make an excellent main lesson activity. From MathsBox check the three free sample sets.

Of course Treasure Hunts are very similar in that the answer to a question leads to the next question. I have found Treasure Hunts make a real change in that we are all moving around the room; I find this a good opportunity to also wander around the room and talk to lots of students. With Year 9 a Trigonometry treasure hunt worked really well and I learned from them that a witty colleague of mine had hidden one of the questions on the inside of the cupboard door when doing a treasure hunt with them! There are many Treasure Hunts on TES resources – they seem to turn up in the Loop Card search, but you can also search for Treasure Hunts.

The simple short answer type loop cards (also sometimes called ‘I have you, who has..’) make ideal starters or plenaries as a whole class activity, each student could have a card each, alternatively perhaps a group of students could have a set of cards for the group.

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