A collection of Maths tools for the whiteboard. Developed by the National Numeracy Strategy, they seem to have fallen out of favour lately and are very hard to find on the monstrous DCSF website. Which is where TopicBox comes in...
Click 'Run Area 2.2' to get started.
This ITP allows you to colour in cells on a grid, a full cell or half a cell, or to place a circular counter into a cell. There are three choices of grid size: 5 by 5, 10 by 10 or 20 by 20. The grid can be hidden or replaced by a pin board around the points of which rubber bands can be stretched.
Click 'Run Calculating Angles' to get started.
This ITP allows you to place shapes around a point and investigate their angles. You can opt to display the shapes in one, two or four quadrants. The first shape is placed on the screen in the first quadrant with one of its sides horizontal.
Click 'Run Co-ordinates 1.1' to get started.
This ITP allows you to use a marker to identify the coordinates of points on different grids. You can mark points and draw lines and shapes. You have a choice of 1, 2 or 4 quadrants to work in to introduce both positive and negative coordinates.
Click 'Run Counting on and back 1.1' to get started.
This ITP simulates a 100-bead string. You can move all the beads to the right of the string and move individual or groups of beads to the left side of the string by clicking on selected beads.
Click 'Run Data handling 2.9' to get started.
This ITP allows you to enter data into a table and then create a vertical bar chart, a horizontal bar chart or a pie chart. You can select from existing data sets, which you can amend to show the impact and change on the charts, or enter data the children collect.
Click 'Run Decimal number line 0.5' to get started.
This ITP allows you to select an interval from a given number line and show that interval as a second number line divided into ten equal parts but on a bigger scale. This can then be repeated to create a third number line that represents an interval on the second number line. Initially the ITP shows a number line spanning 0 to 100. This can be adjusted to show intervals of different lengths with different starting numbers.
Click 'Run Difference 1.2' to get started.
This ITP allows you to compare two rows of beads and to analyse the calculations they can represent. It can be used to promote the language of addition and subtraction, particularly the interpretation of difference. The ITP operates as a series of animations which show how the rows of beads can be represented by two number lines and then as a single number line with the difference indicated by a ?jump?.
Click 'Run Division Grid 0.9' to get started.
This ITP allows you to model long division in a grid of thousands, hundreds, tens and units or hundreds, tens and units. You create a dividend and divisor by clicking on the hidden pointers above and below the digits in the calculation at the bottom of the screen.
Click 'Run Fixing points 0.9' to get started.
This ITP allows you to create a number of connected vertices on a grid. The grid size can be changed, and the grids hidden and revealed.
Click 'Run Fractions 1.1' to get started.
This ITP allows you to divide a green strip into a number of equal parts and colour the individual parts in yellow - basically creating a virtual fraction wall. You can label the strip to show what proportion the coloured yellow parts are of the whole strip. This can be shown as a vulgar fraction, decimal (to 3 decimal places) or percentage.
This ITP allows you to display up to 30 counters or shapes on the screen. You then select a number to be the divisor in a division calculation. A terrific visual demonstration of division.
Click 'Run Isometric grid 1.6' to get statred.
This ITP allows you colour the equilateral triangles set out on an isometric grid. The grid can be hidden or become an isometric pin board. An 'elastic band' can be stretched around the pins to create outlines.
Click 'Line graph 1.1' to get started.
This ITP allows you to enter data into a table and then create a line graph to represent the data. You can select from existing data sets. The data table can be hidden so that you can ask questions about the graph.
Click 'Run Measuring cylinder 1.2' to get started.
This ITP allows you to control two taps that pour a liquid in and out of a measuring cylinder. You can simply turn the taps on and off and ask questions that involve prediction, addition and subtraction.
Click 'Run Measuring scales 1.8' to get started.
This ITP allows you to add different masses to or from a scale pan. You can add masses of 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 units. The pointer or hand shows the total mass. This can be hidden to promote children?s prediction skills.
Click 'Run Moving digits 0.8' to get started.
This ITP allows you to demonstrate the effect of multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100.
Click 'Run Multiplication facts 0.8' to get started,
This ITP allows you to represent multiplication as repeated addition using a grid of blocks or counters. The grid can also be hidden.
Click 'Run Multiplication grid 2.2' to get started.
This ITP allows you to set up a multiplication grid to demonstrate the grid method of multiplication for whole and decimal numbers.
Click 'Run Number dials 0.4' to get statred.
This ITP generates a number dial. It can be used to practise multiplying by one- and two-digit numbers and decimals. Hiding different sets of numbers on the dial promotes reasoning and explanation.
Click 'Run Number facts 1.4' to get started.
This ITP displays up to 20 coloured counters and the corresponding addition sentence.
Click 'Run Number grid 4.0' to get started.
This ITP generates a 100 square. It can be used to explore different multiples, number sequences and patterns on grids of different sizes.
Click 'Run Number line 1.6' to get started.
This ITP generates a number line. It can be used to model calculation strategies for addition and subtraction and to develop children?s understanding of the sums and differences between positive and negative numbers.
Click 'Run Number spinners 0.4' to get started.
This ITP generates random numbers using ?spinners? with 3, 4, 5 or 6 sides. It can be used to generate data quickly and help children to understand the behaviour of random numbers.
Click 'Run Ordering numbers 1.1' to get started.
This ITP shows how a number line can be developed from a row of 10, 20 or 100 counters. It behaves like a short film. It can be used to develop children?s estimation skills and their strategies for checking calculations.
Click 'Run Place value 1.1' (at top right) to get started.
This ITP displays on-screen place value cards to construct and partition three-digit whole numbers. It can be used to demonstrate the construction and partitioning of numbers. It uses Flash so it is not going to play on an iPad.
Click 'Run Polygon 1.5' to get started.
This ITP displays regular polygons with 3 to 10 sides. It can be used to explore the properties of regular and irregular polygons.
Click 'Run Remainders after division 0.6' to get started.
This ITP sets up an empty grid into which you can place counters. It can be used to demonstrate division as grouping.
Click 'Run Ruler 1.2' to get started.
This ITP displays an on-screen ruler you can use to measure lines and the sides of shapes. There is a choice of rulers and five screens to use to demonstrate measuring length.
Click 'Run Symmetry 2.2' to get statred.
This ITP displays a grid, which has a ?mirror? in the middle. The mirror can be set to a horizontal, vertical or diagonal orientation. t can be used to develop children?s understanding of symmetry and to explore the properties of reflected shapes.
Click 'Run Tell the time 0.9' to get started.
This ITP displays on-screen analogue and digital clocks separately or together. The clocks can run in real time or from a set time and over any interval. It can be used to support the teaching of the telling of time, to identify time before and after given intervals and to undertake calculations that involve time.
Click 'Run Thermometer 1.7' to get started.
This ITP displays a thermometer. The scale, range and the interval markers can be changed. It can be used to develop children's understanding of vertical scales and negative numbers in the context of temperature.
Click 'Run Twenty cards 1.1' to get started.
This ITP create stacks of numbered cards and individual cards. It can be used to display sets of different numbers that children can compare and order. The stacks created can support work on identifying, describing, extending and generating sequences.
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