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Games, Ideas and Activities for Primary Mathematics, 2nd Edition by Mr. John Dabell

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Chapter 9

Investigations

Always, sometimes, never true

Always, sometimes, never true encourages children to explore a mathematical statement and find specific evidence to prove its validity.

Suitable for

KS1

KS2

Aims

  • Explore patterns, properties and relationships and propose a general statement involving numbers or shapes.
  • Identify examples for which the statement is true or false.

Players

  • An activity for small group discussion

Resources

  • Whiteboards and pens

What to do

  • Write the following statement on the board and ask children to think about it individually: ‘Multiplication makes a number bigger.’
  • Now ask children in their groups to share their ideas about the statement to see if they agree or disagree.
  • After a period of discussion ...

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