This activity needs people!
Noughts and Crosses
The people line up in two rows at opposite ends of the room. In the centre of the room are nine chairs arranges in a three by three grid, each chair no closer than one metre to the next chair.
The people in the rows are numbered off from one to how ever many people are in each row. One row are the noughts and the other row are the crosses.
The leader (teacher) calls out a number at random. The person in the noughts team and the person in the crosses team with that number rush to sit on a chair in the grid. The first person to touch the chair can claim that chair.
The first team to get three of its members in a straight line wins!
The people are numbered and hold an edge of the parachute and mushroom it to the teachers directions. As the parachute is in the air, certain people change places.
"Change places if your number is.......
A multiple of three
Less than 5
More than 12
Less than today's date of the month
More than your age
Less than your height in feet
A two digit number
A symmetrical number
Between 8 and 12 inclusive
In the 6 times table"
Lay the parachute on the ground and discuss circle properties. Establish an approximate value for pi by pacing across and round the parachute.
Ask questions about the colour of the parachute such as "What fraction of the parachute is green" etc
A circle game in which people pretend to shoot the person on their left (with a water pistol) then pass on the pistol to the second person on their left. As people are soaked they drop out of the circle. Who will last the longest?
To generate the number sequence associated with this game see the formula you could use in a spreadsheet.
Another circle game. People take it in turn to count. The first person starts with one and can count one, two or three numbers. The second person starts where the first person left off and can count one, two or three more numbers.Whoever has to say "13" has to drop out of the circle.
Around The World
People sit in a circle (representing the world!). One person stands behind one of the seated people. The teachers asks a "quick fire" Maths question to the person standing and the person seated in front of them. Whoever gets the correct answer first moves to stand behind the next person in the circle. The other sits. The first person to get all of the way around the world is the winner.
Another circle game. People take it in turn to count going around the circle. If your number is a multiple of five you have to say "fizz". If it is a multiple of seven say "Buzz"
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