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?
Calc-A-Hundred: 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 the percentages of full circles and rectangles the 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.
Curriculum for Estimating:
Pupils should be taught to use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy more...
Pupils should be taught to use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy. more...
Years 7 to 9
Pupils should be taught to use approximation through rounding to estimate answers and calculate possible resulting errors expressed using inequality notation a<x≤b more...
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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: 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.
Rough Answers: An exercise on rounding values in a calculation to find an approximate estimate of the answer.
Snooker Angles: An online game for one or two players requiring an ability to estimate angles.
Counting Crowds: 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.
Take Sides Questions: Thirty pairs of numbers or calculations. Which one of the pair is the largest?
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