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001 Christmas Mindbender 1

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001 Christmas Mindbender 1

Please note that the Mindbender Presentations are 10-12 MB in size so they may take a couple of minutes to download.

MINDBENDER 1 (Level: Tricky)

Prepare to stretch your student’s minds (and probably your own as well) with this seasonal piece of festive fun. Each Mindbender has 24, out -of - the ordinary mathematical questions. Each question contains the initial letters of one or more words that will make the GIVEN MATHEMATICAL STATEMENT TRUE. Some questions are relatively straightforward whilst others are fiendishly difficult. If things get tricky (and they will), you can click on the question number button which will take you to one of 24 different CHRISTMAS SCENES, each of which contains a CLUE to the answer. The clue may be written or graphical or in some cases it may be the scene itself. If the clue doesn’t do it then you can click to view the answer. It is the clues that make the Mindbenders (particularly 1 and 2) suitable for all abilities. It is not important for a student to answer all the questions or to do them in order. The idea is to have some number fun.

Examples Include:
12 = S of Z to give Signs of the Zodiac
21 = S on a D to give spots on a Dice
6 = F of a C to give faces of a cube.

There are lots of ways to present this:
1. Print worksheet and distribute. Students work individually/pairs/groups.
2. Brainstorm with the class for maximum excitement.
3. Perhaps do 2 with Mindbender 1 then 1 with other Mind Benders.
4. Think about a group/class competition/time limit?

Whichever approach you adopt it is sure to generate a lot of fun and interest.
Slide 2 gives some teacher guidance and slide 3 gives an introduction to students.

The Enrichment Area contains a “12 Days of Christmas” presentation which is ideal for more able students. This is an investigation that leads to the numbers and formulae for calculating how many presents were given over the Christmas period. The presentation shows animated balls for depicting triangular and tetrahedral numbers. Also includes a worksheet.

Don’t forget that when you purchase 4 presentations in a single basket that you get the cheapest F.O.C.

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