Creating rich numeracy tasks using photos

21/8/2015
Photos can be a powerful stimulus to provide a basis for rich open ended maths activities with students.  Images from the world around them promote curiosity and interest in students and help them make connections between abstract mathematical concepts and their application in the real world.  

Teachers can create rich open ended mathematical tasks using images that they find or images that are created by students from the maths task they are doing.  


Consider the following image:


What maths questions might arise?
Leg grandstand

Some questions you could use with your students:

  • How many “cube” blocks (single 1x1 / 4 stud blocks) in the grandstand?
  • How do you know? Can you check? Explain your solutions. 
  • Can you write the equation more simply?
  • Have you identified any pattern?
  • What if there were 5 in each row? 10 in each row? 20 steps in each section? 

Resources

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Article

Bragg, L. A., & Nicol, C. (2011). SEEING MATHEMATICS THROUGH A NEW LENS. Australian Mathematics Teacher, 67(3), 3-9.

Book available for loan

Sullivan, P. & Lilburn, P. (2004). Open-ended maths activities: Using ‘good’ questions to enhance learning in mathematics (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press.

Website

Digital discourse in mathematics using the iPad
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