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Applying maths skills in real life situations!
My favourite way to use iPad in maths at the minute is to provide real life situations for them to apply their maths knowledge.
One of the best apps for this is Motion Math Pizza! A favourite with children as they have to run and manage their own pizza shop! Without knowing it, children are using their math knowledge in different ways in an engaging and purposeful manner.
Motion Math have recently released a new app - Cupcakes, which after using today is just as good if not better that Pizza!
What I love about Cupcakes is that it works on different aspects of maths including two and three step word problems, co-ordinates, fractions and much much more! There is so much engaging content to hook children and again is a great example of Camouflage Learning!
Although both these apps focus mainly on numeracy, there are great links to literacy too. Creating adverts for the shop, writing persuasive descriptions for the pizzas or cupcakes, using the gameplay to write instructions are just a few ideas! All I know from using these apps are that the children are hooked and using their maths knowledge in an engaging and purposeful way!
This week celebrates World Book Day (Thursday 6th March,) although I hoped to share these ideas a little earlier, I have been stuck in bed ill for the past few days so have been unable to do so.
However here are 10 ideas for celebrating World Book day using iPads. Well not all are strictly iPad based, but more incorporating some aspect of technology into your World Book Day theme.
1. Extreme Reading - This was something we did as a whole school last year. The idea is that you ask parents to take pictures of children reading in the most weird and peculiar place. We had over 200 entries and children really enjoyed creating and sharing their efforts. It really promoted how we value reading as a school and the two massive displays within the school reflect this.
2. Blog a Book Review - Fairly straightforward for those schools who blog, but get your class to choose their favourite book and blog a book review. Remind the children that when it is blogged it will be shared with a worldwide a…