At the conclusion of an iMaths investigation, it’s important to prompt students to think about how or where else the maths they’ve learned could be applied.
Your prompts should relate back to the investigation and also elaborate on the maths learned in other real-life scenarios. Here are some examples:
If students have completed the Year 1 Investigation Biggest Drink, you can ask:
If students have completed the Year 5 Investigation iFlakes, you can ask:
For every iMaths investigation there is a ready-made slide of questions like the examples above to help prompt students to make connections. Use these Making Connections slides to facilitate a whole-class discussion at the conclusion of your investigation.
Mathematics and storytelling aren’t often used in the same context. However, Professor Chris Matthews, chairman of ATSIMA (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance), encourages teachers to explore how mathematic equations can be expressed and understood through storytelling.