Square Pairs

I have given students this problem before and they were engaged. However, I didn’t think of getting them out of their seats! Thanks Tracy, I will definitely be re-using this.

Fractally Speaking ~ Maths T & L

Originally sourced from Maths300 this activity is great for getting students up and moving. I quite often run this in the first week of school and get students to introduce themselves to their classmates if they are new faces.

I give each student a number (it is usually easier if they are printed on paper) 1….24, and then have them all stand in a confined open area and group themselves into a pair that add up to a square number. If you dont have an even number, include yourself, or create invisible friends (ie stick the number to the wall). The lowest number of students I would use would be 18. Hopefully, it doesnt work the first time and so you get them to repeat a couple of times.

Then, stop students and discuss strategies/issues eg who does 8 have to go with?

We then head back to our desks…

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I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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