# Emergency Maths Lessons

## Here are some mathematics lesson plans to be used on the rare occasions when a class is left without their normal teacher and you are stepping in at a moment's notice.

### Transum > Emergency Lessons > Equations

• Starter: Lost Sheep - Which algebraic expression is the odd one out?
• Equations - You will be able to quickly determine which level is right for the pupils in this class when you see how they coped with the Starter. You select suitable questions by clicking on the level tab at the top of the page. The exercise can either be projected onto the whiteboard for the pupils to do in their exercise books or, if the pupils are internet connected, then can still work in their exercise books but type their answers into the spaces to see if they are correct.
• Old Equations - If pupils are quite confident solving linear equations then bring out the old ones (the old ones are the best!). They have been taken from and old textbook and level 3 questions are quite complex. No calculators allowed and neat working shown clearly is essential. It is amazing to think that children were solving these very equations over 150 years ago!
• Nevertheless - This is a fascinating game which deepens pupils' understanding of linear equations. It can be played in pairs by pupils sharing an internet connected computer or numbered cards can quickly be made from scrap paper and pupils can play the game on their desks.
• Finisher: Fizz Buzz - Students 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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It doesn’t happen very often but sometimes you find yourself in the position of having to deliver a lesson at a moment’s notice. In the worst case scenario you do not know what the class have previously been learning and you have been given no information about the nature of the pupils from their normal teacher.

These lesson plans have a low threshold, high ceiling so can be great learning opportunities for a wide range of pupils and class dynamics. No preparation is required as all of the activity details can be found by clicking on the links in the plans.

If pupils complete the activities online and earn trophies as a record of their progress teachers (who are Transum subscribers) can see from their class list which pupils have earned which trophies.

Furthermore if pupils do have access to internet connected computers see Laptops In Lessons for more lesson plans. If they have iPads there are some ideas on the iPad Maths page.

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There is a printable page called Lectio Tumultuarios (Latin for Emergency Lesson) designed for Maths tutors (who are Transum subscribers) to have printed and stored in their folder ready to use on the odd occasion when a quick five minute time filler is required.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

"My extreme emergency lesson (back in the day) was the Four Fours challenge. It was sort of an HCF of all the classes I was likely to have to cover and required no equipment or preparation.

The objective of this challenge is to find the simplest mathematical expression for every integer from one to some maximum (depending on the class), using only common mathematical symbols and four copies of the digit four.

Nowerdays if you want to issue this challenge to a class you could do it using a different digit by using the 4th July Starter page as a projectable visual aid."

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