The units provide activities for about a week of mathematics, and are designed in two ways, explorations and stations (read more).
The goal of all our units is to encourage students to think mathematically and become confident and comfortable with the mathematics they are using. Our units provide sufficient activities for a week of teaching. We imagine that as a teacher you might want to combine our units with other resources to extend the unit.
Our units are designed in two ways: Explorations and Stations.
A typical Exploration week is made up of Getting started (Monday), Exploring (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and Sharing (Friday).
A Stations week provides five activities that can be presented as Stations for different groups of students to circulate around during the week. Alternatively each Station could be thought of as a session or lesson that could be taken with the whole class.
Each of our units follows the same outline and we hope you find them easy to follow and use.
An overview of the unit
In the overview we summarise the activities contained in the unit, make links with relevant Achievement Objectives from the mathematics curriculum document and provide specific learning outcomes.
A description of the mathematics explored in the unit
In addition to providing specific details about the mathematics in the unit these ideas will be linked to the learning sequences for the mathematical area.
Here we list the resources that you will need for the unit. Links will be provided to any copymaster material used. Any item in the resource list that is underlined can be found on the site.
In this section we suggest a possible step-by-step teaching sequence outline. Questions are as important as answers in mathematics. By encouraging students to put their thoughts into words you help them clarify their ideas. We have included specific questions within the unit plan to help you get to the thinking that’s going on. These questions are also designed to help you scaffold the student’s understanding of the concept being explored.
For some units we have written a letter that you could send home to tell families what is happening in the mathematics unit. The letters also contain a homework activity.