What is it?

Did you know that 7 x iki – 4 = 10? Or that 2(chah +2) = chah +10? Neither did I, but I do now thanks to this wonderful resource. Students are presented with problems to solve like the ones above that ultimately help them discover how to say the numbers 1 to 10 in several different languages, including Hindi, Welsh and Japanese. Each language is covered on a separate sheet, which could either be used as a poster, or as a hand-out.

How can it be used?

Probably the most obvious thing to do with this wonderful resource is to print it out and have it on display, ideally in both the maths and the languages areas of the school. Secondly, there is a lot of potential to make use of it during lesson times, either as part of some kind of Languages Week, or just for something a bit different. Once you have solved the problems and figured out which number is which, use topics such as BIDMAS or algebraic substitution that make use of the numbers 1 to 10, but challenge your students to answer in different languages. So, if a is dokuz, what is a/3? Finally, why not get your students making up their own problems? And if you have a student in your class who speaks a different language to those contained in the resource, then they can create their own 1 to 10 number set and it provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about a different language and culture. Superb stuff!

Thank you for sharing!

Craig Barton