Likelihood

Can you put these statements in order? They can be dragged up or down.

Most Likely

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You will see a UFO tonight.

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It will snow in London in December.

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If you roll a dice you will get a number greater than three.

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A baby will be born in Bangkok today.

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Wolves will win more games than they draw.

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The Oscar for best actor will be won by someone over 25.

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Tomorrow Facebook will be mentioned on BBC TV.

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If you drop a drawing pin it will land point up.

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A randomly picked playing card will be a picture card.

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If there are 5 people in a bus queue the oldest will be at the back.

Least Likely

Drag statements up or down as necessary until they are in the right order. You can then print this page or copy and paste the statements into your notes. Click the 'Save' button to see how your order compares to other people's order.

Printable cards

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Featured Activity

Vinculum

Vinculum

This activity comprises of five challenges each one requiring you to type in one more fraction than the previous challenge and each starting with a different fraction. The starting fractions are one tenth, one quarter, one third, one half and four sevenths.

Numeracy

"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."

Secondary National Strategy, Mathematics at key stage 3

Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

Teachers

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Teaching suggestion: Allow pupils to work in groups of three or four (randomly chosen with Random Student Generator) with the printable cards. This will encourage plenty of conversation, justification and explanation. After a short plenary teasing out thoughts and ideas pupils can then work on this interactive version individually to see how their sorting order compares with everyone else’s."

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