Connected Number and Algebra
Connected Number and Algebra, Level 3
Busy BeesConnected Level 2, 2012: The Buzz of Bees, p.9


Context  Honey bees  
Mathematics  Number: Students calculate honeyproducing rates of, and distances travelled by, honey bees.  
Cross Curriculum  Science: Living World  
Living with a VolcanoConnected 1, 2011: Rūaumoko Rages, p.28


Context  Volcanoes  
Mathematics  Number: The number of passengers grounded at Heathrow Airport, as a result of a volcanic eruption in Iceland, is calculated from data.  
Cross Curriculum  Science: Physical World  
Finding FridayConnected 1, 2007, p.26


Context  A classroom is kept tidy by sorting and counting classroom materials.  
Mathematics  Number: Stage 5 number strategies are applied to practical classroom tasks.  
Cross Curriculum  Key competencies  
Multiplication MondayConnected 1, 2004, p.2


Context  Students look for number patterns about them in the school grounds and the classroom.  
Mathematics  Number: A connection is developed between skip counting and multiplication.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
A Bird’s breakfastConnected 1, 2004, p.8


Context  Fictional birds are catching worms and sharing worm segments fairly.  
Mathematics  Number: Division problems posed and these are supported by precise drawings that show the numbers in each problem. Connections are made between fractions, division and multiplication.  
Cross Curriculum  Science: Living World  
The Monster Birthday PartyConnected 1, 2003, p.2


Context  A monster mother is providing party food for young monsters and ensuring it is fairly shared.  
Mathematics  Number: Simple division problems are posed within the context of sharing different kinds of party food.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
Out of StepConnected 1, 2002, p.26


Context  This is a fictional story about three animals that escape from a zoo and are being pursued.  
Mathematics  Algebra: Problems posed in the story require the reader to continue different sequential patterns and explore relationships between them.  
Cross Curriculum  English  
Baby MathsConnected 1, 2001, p.12


Context  A short poem tells about a baby’s body.  
Mathematics  Number/Geometry: The numbers in the poem highlight the body’s symmetry.  
Cross Curriculum  English  
SnailsConnected 1, 2001, p.14


Context  A boy earns money by removing unwanted snails from his father’s garden.  
Mathematics  Number: Place value is explored through collections of ten snails, each of which is worth ten cents.  
Cross Curriculum  Science: Living World  
The Case of the 13yearold GrandmotherConnected 1, 2000, p.28


Context  A teacher has a leap year birthday.  
Mathematics  Number/Measurement: The multiplicative relationship between the number of leap years and the number of actual years is represented and explored with a double number line.  
Cross Curriculum  Social Sciences  
Numbers, Numbers EverywhereConnected 1, 2000, p.30


Context  Numbers are found in many real life situations.  
Mathematics  Number: Readers are encouraged to recognize where we find numbers in our daily lives and how they help us.  
Cross Curriculum  Social Sciences  
Eggs in the NestConnected 1, 1999, p.8


Context  A game for two players  
Mathematics  Number: Single digit subtraction strategies are investigated.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
My Amazing PlantConnected 1, 1999, p.9


Context  A plant is growing quickly in a glasshouse.  
Mathematics  Number: Doubling and halving are investigated.  
Cross Curriculum  Science: Living World  
Racehorse RhymeConnected 1, 1999, p.29


Context  A rhyme, a riddle and a joke.  
Mathematics  Number: This is a play on single digit number words.  
Cross Curriculum  English  
PatternsConnected 1, 1999, p.30


Context  Photographs of patterns made with physical objects.  
Mathematics  Algebra: Pattern attributes of size, shape and colour are identified and recorded on a chart.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
A Number Grid GameConnected 1, 1998, p.26


Context  A Number Grid Game  
Mathematics  Number: This game involves the consecutive addition of 21 single digit numbers.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A 
Connected Number and Algebra, Level 3
Plants that HealConnected 2, 2010: Working with Nature, p.18


Context  Exploring the medicinal properties of plants.  
Mathematics  Number/Measurement: Readers follow a recipe to make natural ointment and calculate the profit from selling it.  
Cross Curriculum  Science: Living World  
The Finishing TouchConnected 2, 2007, p.27


Context  A mother and daughter are redecorating a rumpus room.  
Mathematics  Number/Algebra/Measurement: Simple decimal length measurements are added, and multiplication and division strategies are applied to a practical patterning problem, suitable for students at numeracy stage 67.  
Cross Curriculum  The Arts and Technology  
The Big RaceConnected 2, 2006, p.28


Context  A grandfather shares the race results that led to his successful swimming career in his youth.  
Mathematics  Number/Measurement: Distance, analogue and digital time, and speed can be explored using swimming race results.  
Cross Curriculum  Health and PE  
Pond PuzzlerConnected 2, 2005, p.24


Context  A puzzle involving frogs hopping onto lily pads, is presented.  
Mathematics  Number: The reader is challenged to find a strategy to solve a froghopping problem and be the first to have three frogs in a row.  
Cross Curriculum  Key competencies  
Split personalitiesConnected 2, 2003, p.27


Context  Large amounts of cash are paid to a fictional youthful band of performers, who should share the money fairly.  
Mathematics  Number: The story includes an opportunity to explore place value.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
Hair, There, and EverywhereConnected 2, 2003, p.2


Context  This is an adaptation of the fictional story Rapunzel.  
Mathematics  Number/Measurement: Problems are posed with reference to table that relates different hair lengths to their dollar values.  
Cross Curriculum  English  
Magic MuffinsConnected 2, 2001, p.3


Context  Mrs Minty is making muffins.  
Mathematics  Number/Measurement: Problems relating numbers of muffins and the costs of ingredients in decimals, involve the use of the four number operations and a range of strategies.  
Cross Curriculum  Social Sciences  
Number HospitalConnected 2, 2000, p.12


Context  A play in which the characters are defined by their mathematical characteristics, and in which clever puns entertain.  
Mathematics  Number/Algebra: This play explores prime numbers, place value with 2digit and 3digit numbers, exponential growth, and the four number operations.  
Cross Curriculum  English  
Miss MindreaderConnected 2, 2000, p.27


Context  A thinkofanumber problem is posed.  
Mathematics  Number/Algebra: The digits in multiples of 9 are explored.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
Multiplication MagicConnected 2, 2000, p.30


Context  Finger patterns for the 9 times table.  
Mathematics  Number/Algebra: Number patterns, beginning with the 9 times table, are investigated.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
The Bubblegum MachineConnected 2, 1999, p.20


Context  This is a fictional story of a little girl in a bubblegum factory.  
Mathematics  Number: Place value in 2digit and 3digit numbers is explored.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
The Playful FrogsConnected 2, 1999, p.30


Context  A puzzle involving frogs hopping onto lily pads.  
Mathematics  Number: The reader is challenged to find a strategy to solve a froghopping problem and to decide if the frogs can change places.  
Cross Curriculum  Key competencies  
Money GameConnected 2, 1998, p.16


Context  A board game using counters, dice, a pencil and paper.  
Mathematics  Number: The four number operations are applied to amounts of money less than $20.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
Eight CoinsConnected 2, 1998, p.9


Context  Adding values of NZ coins.  
Mathematics  Number/Algebra: A problem is posed requiring the reader to explore addends and sums of NZ coin values.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
Nine LemonsConnected 2, 1998, p.20


Context  A story about selling lemons  
Mathematics  Number: Working with amounts of money less than $10.  
Cross Curriculum  English 
Connected Number and Algebra, Level 4
Back to the Drawing BoardConnected 3, 2007, p.2


Context  Perspective drawing  
Mathematics  Number/Measurement/Geometry: Singlepoint perspective, the relationship between perspective and ratio, and twopoint perspective are explored, requiring the application of a broad range of stage 7 and 8 strategies involving fractions, proportions and ratios.  
Cross Curriculum  The Arts  
Kynan’s Positive and Negative AdventuresConnected 3, 2006, p.26


Context  A student manages the practicalities and finances associated with starting up and running his own holiday pet care business.  
Mathematics  Number/Financial Literacy: Problems involving positive and negative numbers are solved with the help of red and black bean counters.  
Cross Curriculum  Social Sciences  
Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?Connected 3, 2003, p.18


Context  A play in which a fictional factory has invented machines for counting Hundreds and Thousands (confectionary).  
Mathematics  Number: Place value and the relationships between very large numbers can be further explored using the play as a springboard for discussion.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A  
Shrinking the Solar SystemConnected 3, 2003, p.22


Context  The journey of the Cassini space probe prompts a Wellington school to make an outdoor scale model of the solar system.  
Mathematics  Number/Measurement: Calculations are made to systematically scale down very large kilometre distances and to make scale models of the planets.  
Cross Curriculum  Science: Planet Earth and Beyond  
The Chain Goes OnConnected 3, 2001, p.30


Context  A girl receives a chain letter.  
Mathematics  Number/Algebra: The likelihood of the chain letter recipient receiving a specified amount of money is demonstrated with a tree diagram, and calculated using exponents.  
Cross Curriculum  English  
Alien ComputerConnected 3, 1999, p.18


Context  A play in which a class of students work out how an alien computer functions.  
Mathematics  Algebra: A function machine generates number patterns for which rules must be stated.  
Cross Curriculum  English  
What’s the Score?Connected 3, 1999, p.32


Context  Points scored by teams in rugby games.  
Mathematics  Number: Three problems are posed exploring multiple combinations of single digit amounts.  
Cross Curriculum  Health and PE  
Seeing Behind Your BackConnected 3, 1998, p.29


Context  A practical ‘How many are left’ problem is presented with three piles of matches.  
Mathematics  Algebra: The reader is challenged to apply algebraic reasoning to work out why the result is always 9.  
Cross Curriculum  N/A 