Numbers, Numbers Everywhere….Again

I had a few minutes to spare (hah!) and so I ventured over to Vi Hart’s blog to see if any new doodles had been added. I came across one of her older doodles, “Sick Number Games”:


While I was watching I couldn’t help thinking of the book, The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. I read this book a few years ago, and enjoyed it from the first page. It is about a young boy who is visited in his dreams by a number devil. This devil shares number tricks with the boy, night after night after night. There are many possible ways to incorporate it into your classroom. Some of the number tricks are easier than others, and so there are applications for various learners. I personally have used it when exploring Pascal’s Triangle with my students.

Here are a few resources I have found for incorporating The Number Devil in the classroom:

Reflections on The Number Devil from Math Horizons

Activities from NZMaths

Have a great week.

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