Want to motivate your class with something original?
'The M Files' is a PDF eBook offering a unique look at maths problems. It's a fresh way of dealing with some of the needless mistakes pupils make
with maths problems. Suitable for Upper Primary / Elementary pupils up to KS3, 'The M Files' is a guide to some of the different types of maths problems they will encounter (from the point of view of
the people who wrote them!) Don't let your class be caught out by the cunning question writers at the Ministry of Maths.
At Sparky Teaching, we like doing things differently and this resource is no exception. We've imagined that the Ministry of Maths are out to trick your pupils
with their wording of maths problems and false advice. 'The M Files' contains leaked documents from the question writers themselves, showing how they intend to confuse your pupils (for
example by asking a question where the information is in kg and then wanting the answer in grams!) Hopefully, if your pupils are wise to the Ministry of Maths' ruses,
they'll make less mistakes. It's an imaginative solution to a subject area that pupils often find difficult.
To supplement the resource (and add some realism to the concept) we've set up a Ministry of Maths website
and given them their own nefarious Twitter feed, which we'd recommend you look at, even if you're not on Twitter.
Included in the pack are :
- a 31-page PDF eBook containing lesson activities, 6 printable posters and worksheets
- two MPG videos for use on your whiteboard
- Ministry of Maths logos to help make your own worksheets
- a full copy of 'Sites for sore eyes' (our internet inspiration resource)
Topics covered are :
- reading and labelling number lines and scales
- ordering amounts (including decimals)
- finding missing numbers
- finding fractions and percentages of amounts
- using letters to represent numbers (basic algebra)
- and a variety of strategies for answering maths problems (e.g. using what you already know, explaining your answers)
We don't think you ought to buy before you've had a look, so here are two tasters of 'The M Files' - an introductory video used in the resource and
a downloadable PDF sample. If either is not displayed by your browser, the video can also be viewed here and you
can download the PDF directly here (right-click to save).
Like what you see?
'The M Files' costs £9.50 (approx $15) which covers the time taken to create the resource and our overheads. You can download the zip file which contains the eBook by clicking the button below which will send you to a secure PayPal checkout. Once payment for the £9.50 has been accepted, click the link
that tells to go 'back to Sparky Teaching'. You will be redirected to a page where you will be able to download the resource. It's a fairly large zip file (124MB), so you'll have to be patient as it downloads!
We will also send you an e-mail containing a link to the download page.
Remember to keep a copy of your receipt if you intend claiming the cost of your purchase from your school budget.
'The M Files' is an electronic resource. If you're a publisher and might be interested in seeing it in print, do get in touch.
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