Thursday, 2 October 2014

Walk the Plank by @nzquirkymama NZ #mlap15

Pirate Challenge 8: Walk the plank...

Created by Emily @nzquirkymama 
Home-Schooler, Canterbury, New Zealand. 
Swashbuckling thanks rolling down the decks!

Can you build a plank that is cantilevered off the edge of a ship? 
How many stones, nuts or counters can rest on your plank before it capsizes your ship?
Where will you put your Pirate Flag?
You have 20 minutes!

·      6x skewers, sticks or paddle-pop sticks (you may not need them all)
·      6x marshmellows, blobs of blue tak or play dough 
     Cardboard for your plank 
     Wool or string 
     Nuts, counters or stones to test your plank

Definition of cantilever:
cantilever is a beam anchored at only one end. The beam carries the load to the support where it is forced against by a moment and shear stress.[1] Cantilever construction allows for overhanging structures without external bracing. Cantilevers can also be constructed with trusses or slabs.
(from on Tuesday 23 September 2014, at 11.30am)

After the challenge:
1.   What was tricky about the challenge?
2.      What would you do differently next time?

3.      Where is the math in this Pirate Challenge?
4.    Who or what influenced or inspired your ideas?

Click here to contribute your reflections / thinking to a google from. Check out other buccaneers reflections!




@tazcopland  Hawea Flat School
First Attempt 

Second Attempt

@knuicurious Year 4,5,6 Koraunui School
First Attempt

Monday, 22 September 2014

Connect, Create, Collaborate...

Connected Educators Month
1st -31st October 2014


Step in, Step up and Step out with Pirate Swag and load up your calendar!

During October: Maths Like a Pirate will be rolling out weekly Pirate Challenges.

Keen to hook in?


Thursday 9th Create a Marshmallow tower at ULEARN14 or remotely in your classroom!

Friday 17th   Create a Pirate Ship by @mrsplumsclass Michigan USA

Friday 24th   Build a Seussical Tower by @Davis_Academy Atlanta USA

Friday 31st   Create a Treasure Chest  by @MsEsClass  Canada

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Whaka Hanga Nga Whetu O Matariki! Create the Stars of Matariki!

Ahoy There Math Pirates of New Zealand
Kiaora Nga Pangarau Kaitiora o Aotearoa

Its Matariki!
Maori New Year!


     Thank you Auckland Libraries New Zealand for this image

All Pirates know its by the stars we map our way through the treacherous seas!

Your Challenge:
Using only newspaper and cello tape.

How can you create the seven stars of Matariki?

The names of the seven stars are Waiti, Waita, Waipuna-a-rangi, Uru-a-rangi, Matariki, Tupu-a-nuku, and Tupu-a-rangi.

Remember to include a Pirate Flag on your constellation!

Tweet your thinking using hashtag #mlap14

Q1. What was tricky about the challenge?
Q2. What would you do differently?
Q3. Where is the Math?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Building a Treasure Chest by @MsEsClass CANADA


Created by @MsEsClass in CANADA

How can all you swashbuckling pirates build a treasure chest to hold all of your treasures?

Full Treasure Chest

Using only newspaper and masking tape, create a treasure chest. 

(If you incorporate a lid for you treasure that would be swashbucking awesome!)

Remember to include your pirate flag on your treasure chest somewhere.

Afterwards you need to use a standard and a nonstandard unit to measure and compare the length of your treasure chest.

Investigate how much treasure your chest can hold (eggs, cubes, pirate gold - if you have any mateys!).

Pirate Flag by mudisoft

Q1. What was tricky about the challenge?
Q2. What would you do differently?
Q3. Where is the Math?
Q4. Who or what inspired or influenced your ideas?



Watch his space!


2014 reflections
First Attempt

Ontarion, Canada
First Attempt

Calgary, Canada
First Attempt

Koraunui School, Stokes Valley, Wellington, NZ

Koraunui School, Stokes Valley, Wellington, New Zealand
First Attempt

Koraunui School, Stokes Valley, Wellington, New Zealand
First Attempt

Saturday, 10 May 2014

WORKSHOP: Wellington Mathematic Symposia 2014

Building Mathematical Knowledge through idea improvement

Teachers on the decks 
connecting, collaborating, creating...

With 12 classrooms around the world...
The classrooms were from:

Swashbuckling Awesome!

Workshop images by :
Stunning images - Thank you!

(Uncompleted blog post - Watch this space!)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Explore Be Curious

Maths Pirates  are using ideas generated by the  Guerrilla Geography Project 

Guerrilla Geography Project is Swashbuckling inspirational!

Maths Pirates NZ - Goes GUERRILLA

Guerilla Thursday! - The day Maths Pirates walk to their local library.
Whilst walking,  Maths Pirates explore and connect with their community looking for mathematical knowledge and symbols lost or misplaced.
On Thursday 13th February 2014,  Maths Pirates were looking for the number 398.
The number 398 was found, on the community climbing frame by Orlando!
As you can see from the image, the transformation from lost to found was excitement of EPIC proportions!

Why Guerilla Library Day?
2. Maths Pirates are learning to improve ideas and be finders of treasure! 
3. Future Building student learning, creating new relationships between school and the wider community. (Keri Facer)
4. Maths Pirates focus on  Play, Passion and Purpose. Where learners need to be problem solvers (Tony Wagner)

5.  Guerilla Geo supports Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics: 3. Building on student's thinking. "Effective teachers plan mathematics learning experiences that enable students to build on their existing proficiencies, ideas, and experiences." Page 11
6. Guerila Geo amplifies Effective Pedagogy.  Enhancing the relevance of new learning.
"Effective teachers stimulate the curiosity of their students, require them to search for relevant information and ideas, and challenge them to use or apply what they discover in new contexts or in new ways." Page 34 NZ Curriculum

7. Going Guerrilla is an awesome nudge to hack out new learning spaces!