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In this Year Eight textbook from Task Maths, there are 21 mathematics tasks. There are also useful sets of review exercises after every three tasks and revision exercises at the end. Each task consists of a number of differentiated activities. Many activities are investigative or exploratory and encourage discussion of ideas. Task Maths contains some innovative content in most tasks with some containing material which is very different, and possibly more engaging, than that found in many texts.

1. Monty writhes again - Further investigations using number grids and ‘Monty’

2. Polygons and Angles - Angles and angle sums of polygons

3. Trains - Practical arithmetic based on trains, including seating, occupancy and costing

4. Cuboids - Volume calculation, similarity

5. It's a record - Covers averages, graphs of performance progress and comparison of records for men/women

6. Number games - Guess the rule and factor games

7. The area of a piece of string - Using a piece of string to form the perimeter of shapes. Also covers triangles and circles

8. Watching television - Handling data: pie charts, frequency diagrams

9. Surrounded - Number patterns formed by growing 2-D shapes by ‘surrounding’, simple extension to 3-D

10. When are things the same? - Uses an interesting variety of contexts moving towards simple algebra

11. Fair dice - Probability using standard and non-standard dice in two player games

12. Painting by numbers - Modular arithmetic used to determine colours in patterns

13. Where our school is - Routes to school, maps and compass bearings

14. Finding lengths of lines - Square roots and Pythagoras’ Theorem

15. Matchstick patterns - Number patterns produced from geometric matchstick patterns

16. Rolling balls - Graphing data and making predictions from simple practical experiments

17. Rectangles and hexagons - Comparing perimeters and areas of rectangles and hexagons, including graphing results

18. How things move - Investigates a large variety of loci and trajectories

19. How many? - Estimation and large numbers including standard form

20. Three digit fractions - Investigations and problems based on fraction formed from precisely three digits

21. What happens eventually - Number patterns, and some geometric patterns, formed by iterative processes

The Teachers' Resource Book: Contents

*Introduction The first part of the book covers the approach taken, resources and materials needed and the teacher’s role. The detail on the National Curriculum and Recording is no longer relevant because of subsequent changes.

*Guide to tasks There are typically two or three pages of information on each of the 21 tasks which give answers and brief suggestions for approaches to the activities as well as listing any resources needed.

*Copymasters

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