Have you ever wanted to pretend that you can read your students minds? Now you can!
This activity/lesson plan can be used at the start of a maths lesson or as a tool to motivate your students. The best part about this trick is that they can also learn how to do it as well.
It can be used for ANY year level. With younger students, make sure they check very carefully to see if their number is on each slide.
Australian Curriculum Links:
- Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to at least 100. Locate these numbers on a number line (ACMNA013)
- Solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies (ACMNA030)
- Display the magic mind reader PowerPoint.
- Tell students that you are secretly a magician and that you will read their minds.
- Choose one student. Give them a piece of paper and a pencil.
- Ask them to choose a number between 1 and 63. Once they have chosen their number they will secretly write it down so that the teacher cannot see it.
- Ask students if they believe that you are psychic and who thinks you can guess the number?
- Get the student to secretly show 2 people to confirm the number.
- Carefully display each of the PowerPoint slides.
- Ask the student if their number is on each slide. If they say YES, you need to add the number in the top left corner. If they say no you do not need to do any calculation.
- After showing all the slides and after you have added the numbers each time they said yes to – you will now have their mystery number.
- Share the trick with your students; they really enjoy sharing it with family and friends.
- You can also provide them with a hard copy of the PowerPoint slides.
Download the Powerpoint below:
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