“What am I” game

What animal am I? I have four legs, eat grass and leaves and leopards like to eat me. There are many of us in the Kruger Park? If your kids enjoy this kind of game, then teaching them the properties of shapes can be fun with the “what shape am I” game. For example, I have four sides and they are all the same length….what shape am I? Seems the oxpecker might just know!

With lots of leisure and travel time in the holidays, the “What am I” game adapted from “I spy with my little eye” can be educational and fun for younger children. One person gets to pick a number, for example and then give some clues about that number. The others need to use the clues to try and find the number. The person who correctly identifies the number gets to have a turn choosing another number and clues. Different variations are possible with shapes (as already mentioned), numbers, measurement and number patterns. Here are some examples: 

  • I am bigger than 10 but smaller than 40. I am a multiple of 9 (or I am an answer in the 9 times table) and my second digit is double the value of my first digit. ANSWER: 36
  • I am bigger than zero but smaller than 50. My two digits add up to 13. What number am I? ANSWER: 49
  • I am a unit of time used to measure the 100m race in athletics. What unit am I? ANSWER: seconds or milliseconds
  • I am a unit of measurement used to measure the weight of a loaf of bread. What unit am I? ANSWER: grams
  • The first three numbers of my pattern are 4 ; 8 ; 12…..What pattern am I? (in other words how will you find the next term?) ANSWER: by adding 4 each time. 



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4 weeks ago

BushMaths

In the Foundation phase the focus is on counting rather than calculating. But as learners progress to the Intermediate Phase, the focus should shift to calculating more efficiently without having to count every object. For example in this photo of the Red Lechwe a learner in Grade 4 should be able to:
a) have some idea of the number of Lechwe by just looking at the photo (a feeling for numbers)
b) be able to make a rather accurate estimate by counting the Lechwe on one side and doubling that amount rather than counting all of them.
c) be able to count in groups of two or more rather than counting single objects
Contact us for more information on developing a feeling for maths early in learners.
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We recently presented our annual maths camp where we hosted our top 15 educators as a reward for their dedication to the capacity building programme for educators.

We spent the weekend at the South African Wildlife College where Dr Hannah Barnes from BushMaths presented workshops on fractions and they also got to go on multiple game drives during their stay.

It was a wonderful weekend and a great way to conclude this year's workshops. We look forward to more successful capacity building next year!

Thank you Sabrina Chielens for the photos.
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1 month ago

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What a great weekend with this special group of people. This was our third annual BushMaths camp for Eco Children's Maths Capacity Building programme for Intermediate phase. A mix of maths and bush fun! Thank you Ecochildren for providing the 15 top attending teachers with this weekend at the South African Wildlife College. And thank you to The ukuqonda institute for donating the fractions booklets we used at the camp. ...

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