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Missing number questions in maths

(12 Posts)
Mavey9 Sat 19-Mar-16 14:43:06

Can anyone please suggest some decent online/app resources for helping with learning this skill? I know I can just write out some on paper but it's not very inspiring for a child doing it that way! (Year 1 child) thanks.

jamdonut Sat 19-Mar-16 14:51:15

Sometimes they just need to see it on paper, rather than an 'all bells and whistles' screen. They have to learn to write number sentences.

Mavey9 Sat 19-Mar-16 14:52:23

Thanks but looking for something to do alongside the traditional approach. If she's turned off by looking at it then we need some other ways to get some practice in.

towers of lego, duplo, use different colours to help
make paper or fabric flags of the different numbers and hang them on a washing line
use a whiteboard marker on the patio doors, close curtains stand outside

Mavey9 Sat 19-Mar-16 15:37:06

Thanks for ideas , just to be clear I'm
meaning the missing number in equations, as opposed to the missing number in a sequence. So for example 'X' - 6 = 14, 15 - 'X' = 8.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Sat 19-Mar-16 15:50:29

Use Lego pasta tins cakes anything you have 15 of ....

irvine101 Sat 19-Mar-16 18:59:50
irvine101 Sat 19-Mar-16 19:04:41
Mavey9 Sat 19-Mar-16 21:04:27

Thank you very much I will take a look.

thecatfromjapan Sat 19-Mar-16 21:10:16

Making up as many number sentences as possible from one basic number sentence (eg. 3+4=7, or 3x2=6) is also a good way of building up the skills for this.

ILoveMyMonkey Sat 19-Mar-16 21:18:57

Cross the swamp www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/crosstheswamp.shtml is a good missing number game that I use regularly with my yr1's and 2's.

OutwiththeOutCrowd Sun 20-Mar-16 09:02:35

A possible low tech option is to use a Snakes and Ladders board (ignoring the Snakes and Ladders) with numbered squares going from 1 to 100 as an alternative to a number line.

Suppose you want to solve 15 - x = 8, then to find x, you would count how many 'hops' back you would need to do to go from square 15 to square 8.

Suppose you want to solve x - 6 = 14, then to find x, you need to find which square requires six hops back to get to square 14. Perhaps start with x - 1 = 14 and see the general pattern.

And once the maths is mastered, there is always the lure of a celebratory game of Snakes and Ladders.

Hands-on activities are really good for making new ideas more concrete.

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