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Thinkers are Winners and Which Way?

Teacher Notes and Activities

  1. Each resource begins with a brief description of the activity and explains the task.
  2. The Options provide a range of alternative approaches such as the use of additional equipment or technologies, differentiation for individuals and groups, or ideas to take the learning to an outdoor or larger indoor space.
  3. The Considerations highlight opportunities that can be taken to reinforce and deepen the learning, as your students progress through a given task.
  4. The Key Questions are designed to promote reasoning and higher-order thinking. The activities are open-ended, so the use of questioning is a key way to differentiate the tasks, to ensure that all of your students are working at an appropriate level of challenge for them. 

The content aims to challenge traditional ways of looking at maths. It has been designed to stimulate curiosity and connect to everyday contexts.

Whichever Option you choose, the activity is supported by a list of suggested Language and Concepts that underpin the learning.

For Secondary teachers, you can find suggestions in the list of Options, such as adding coordinates, bearings, measurements and the use of scales to add the level of complexity appropriate for your class.

All resources make strong connections to the Australian curriculum and incorporate all four proficiencies.

Thinkers are Winners and Which Way?

‘Thinkers are Winners’ is a series of strategy games designed to focus on the development of logical thought, mathematical reasoning and the ability to explain your thought processes. Play the games to discover the winning strategy and unlock the mystery.

Activities:

2-Max

2-Max (PDF 204KB)
2-Max (DOCX 624KB)

Catch 22

Catch 22 (PD 338KB)
Catch 22 (DOCX 712KB)

Three Pile Nim

Three Pile Nim (PDF 257KB)
Three Pile Nim (DOCX 649KB)

Which way?

‘Which way?’ comprises four spatial activities focusing on directional language. Students are encouraged to think logically, utilising a variety of tools to find their way and to guide others. From the pages of a book, around your classroom to the great outdoors, the choice is yours!

Activities:

Let Me Out of Here!

Let Me Out of Here (PDF 258KB)
Let Me Out of Here (DOCX 626KB)

Obstacle Course

Obstacle Course (PDF 341KB)
Obstacle Course (DOCX 679KB)

Multiple Locations

Multiple Locations (PDF 209KB)
Multiple Locations (DOCX 585KB)
Multiple Locations Grid 1 (PDF 361KB)
Multiple Locations Grid 1 (DOCX 767KB)
Multiple Locations Grid 2 (PDF 253KB)
Multiple Locations Grid 2 (DOCX 658KB)
Multiple Locations Grid 3 (PDF 194KB)
Multiple Locations Grid 3 (DOCX 585KB)

The Big Wide World

The Big Wide World (PDF 363KB)
The Big Wide World (DOCX 739KB)

Each activity is provided with options, considerations and key questions, making them adaptable and suitable for Foundation to Year 8.