Fourth class have been using IZAK 9 this year to help improve their maths and problem solving skills. IZAK 9 is a large cube that is made up of 27 smaller individual cubes that can be arranged and rearranged in different ways in order to solve a variety of problems. It is great fun and helps us to learn. Here are some photos of our class with their IZAK 9 kits.-
Siluan, Lorchán and Thomas spent Friday afternoon playing with Bee-Bots. They each had a Bee-Bot and a different activity mat. Siluan used the busy street map, Lorchán used the 2D shapes mat and Thomas used the letters mat. They are learning how to programme a Bee-Bot to move from one location to another using the directional arrows. They had lots of fun and are looking forward to using them again.
4th class have been out and about completing maths trails around the school grounds! They had to use their school environment to find the answers to a list of maths questions. Some of the questions they were asked were
Estimate how many giant steps there are between the two basketball posts.
How many metres are there between the two basketball posts?
Calculate how many red bricks are in the wall in the playground.
They had great fun!
Our class are having great fun every week at the moment because we are taking part in Isak 9 workshops. Under the expert eye of our 5th class tutors we are playing games, exploring problems and picking apart puzzles. It’s great fun.
This morning in 5th class room 7, we started maths hour. During this hour, we had to move around to different stations in groups. We had four stations; maths diction, problem solving cards, tangrams and IZAK 9. In the maths diction game, one person picked a card which had something to do with maths language. For example, an angle or a decimal point. Your teammate had to guess the answer from your drawing, definition or hint. On another table, we were given maths problem cards which displayed pictures of the same object. We had to spot the odd one out. On the tangram’s table, we had sheets of paper with outlines of items and we had to construct the different items using all 7 tangrams. IZAK 9 was the last table and we had to complete 2 tasks based on algebra.
We started working with IZAK9 maths blocks on Friday. Matilda and Luke from 5th class gave us two tasks to complete. We had great fun working in our teams to solve the maths problems.
In Junior Infants we investigated different materials. We guessed which material would be best for building a house; straw, wood or bricks. We recorded our predictions. We tested the materials by sqeezing, ripping, pulling them to see if we could break them. The children worked in groups and constructed houses made out of straw, wooden sticks or lego(plastic). We learned about different types of materials (metal, wood, plastic) and sorted them.
This experiment linked to the story, The Three Little Pigs.