Estimating Starters:Air Traffic Control: Work out which aircraft are in danger of colliding from their positions and direction of travel. An exercise in understanding bearings. Angle Estimates: Estimate the sizes of each of the angles then add your estimates together. Big Bieber: If the dimensions of an object double, its volume increases by a factor of eight. Big Order: Estimate or calculate then put the large numbers in order of size. Breathe Easily: How many breaths have you taken in your lifetime? CalcAHundred: A game for two players requiring a calculator and thinking skills. Estimating: Estimate the lengths of four lines then add your answers together. Estimating Percentages: Estimate what percentages of full circles the red sectors represent. Hot Estimates: Estimate the number of chillies in the photograph. Moon Lengths: Estimate the distances shown on this photograph of the moon's surface. Peanuts and Buttons: Two questions involving estimating a quantity. Pie Chart: An exercise in estimating what the sectors of a pie chart represent. Positions Please: Stand at the point between the classroom walls to represent a given number. Red Lines: Either estimate the lengths of the red lines or, if you know how, calculate how long they are. Second Holiday: Estimate then work out the period of time equal to the given number of seconds.
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Notes:The ability to estimate values is an often overlooked part of Mathematics. Estimating lengths, weights, time, angles and solutions to problems should be practised regularly. Pupils should make sensible estimates of a range of measures in relation to everyday situations.
Estimating Activities:Estimating: Estimation is a very important skill. Use this activity to practise and improve your skills. Estimating Angles: Estimate the size of the given acute angles in degrees. Estimating Percentages: Estimate the percentages represented by the diagrams. Estimation Golf: Play a round of golf using your estimation skills rather than golf clubs. Snooker Angles: An online game for one or two players requiring an ability to estimate angles. Estimating Videos:Counting Crowds: When measuring very large data sets, like the crowd of 1.8 million who attended Obama's inauguration, often exact counting is impossible! Find out how statisticians use density samples to estimate their statistics. Estimate Enormous Numbers: Learn how to use the powers of 10 to make amazingly fast estimations of big numbers with this animated explanation. Estimating Worksheets:Take Sides Questions: Thirty pairs of numbers or calculations. Which one of the pair is the largest? Estimating External Links:Links to other websites containing resources for Estimating are provided for those logged into 'Transum Mathematics'. Subscribing also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel. You can sign up using one of the buttons below: SearchThe activity you are looking for may have been classified in a different way from the way you were expecting. You can search the whole of Transum Maths by using the box below.
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