Makes Sense Series

This set of six books from SMILE caters for a wide range of ability and ages. The activities cover aspects of algebra, multiplication, ratio and using spreadsheets. All include teachers' notes and photocopiable activity sheets.

Many of the activities are suitable for whole class lessons and contain much scope for discussion. However, all the materials have been designed to contain sufficiently clear instructions to be accessible to students with minimal teacher support. This makes them ideal for use within whole class differentiated topic work as the teacher is left free to discuss structural issues with individuals or groups as they arise.

Full answers are given for each activity.

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Algebra Makes Sense

This resource from SMILE contains twenty activities focusing on algebra. The activities address different aspects of algebra and are appropriate for a range of learning styles and abilities. The activities in order of difficulty are:

Mapping jigsaws - laws of arithmetic and inverse...

Spreadsheets Make Sense

This resource from SMILE contains 21 activities for using spreadsheets to solve mathematical problems. Teachers' notes give advice on appropriate ways of using the activity and identifying particular support students may need when using a spreadsheet.

The activities are:

Favourite colours...

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Make Sense

This resource from SMILE contains two books at different levels with activities focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. Each activity is accompanied by teachers' notes. The notes give advice on appropriate ways of using the activity and any additional equipment required. Many of the activities are suitable...

Ratio Makes Sense

This resource from SMILE focuses on ratio. Each activity is accompanied by teachers' notes, which give advice on appropriate ways of using the activity and any additional equipment required.

Pencils - recognising and describing simple ratios in the context of measurement

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