One of the keys to really enjoying maths work is to help children to see the fun they can have with numbers. Just like we take every possible opportunity to engage children in reading, they should be encouraged to play with numbers wherever and whenever they see them.
To this end we have started using these fun bookmarks. They are based on the kind of questions usually reserved for "Number of the Day" activities... but here the questions relate to the page number they have reached in their reading book.
We designed four different bookmarks with 'graduated' questions to suit children of different ages/abilities. For example:
The actual bookmarks are approximately 5cm x 20cm in size. The 9 page downloadable pdf file (see the attachment, below) features five identical bookmarks on each page, and we have included two different designs for each set of questions.
When we first introduced these to the children we made a point of asking a couple of the questions on the bookmark... after that, however, we didn't need to - the children used the questions independently and were very keen to let us know if they had found an interesting answer, or discovered a 'fun' number fact. We have had consistently good feedback from children and teachers. However, if you think of an alternative set of questions please let us know - we would love to develop these further, and are looking for you help in doing that.
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