I love getting my class outdoors, and an outdoor math lesson early in the year is a great way to set the attitude towards maths for the rest of the year. I usually run this lesson in the second week of the school year, as our first ‘formal’ maths lesson.
I ask the students to work in pairs so I can with their interactions, and I take observational notes about the way the different groups approach each of the tasks, how often they ask for assistance, if they use complex thinking, etc.
I copy one booklet for the pair to share, and go through my expectations with them BEFORE we go outside. We then look through the booklet and I ask each group to decide which activity they would like to do first. Then we head outside and they are ready to begin immediately.
Maths is such an important subject and we need to help students practice and access math skills interesting and inspiring ways. Enjoy!
Pencils for each pair
Tape/rulers to mark 1m square