Glad to help.
hit Jnr wants to give a big thanks to all of of you that contributed and he can't believe I'm on a site that has Geek in it's title (cheeky bugger)!
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(tip of the day, don't let an 11 year old loose with smlies)
what kind of stupid homework is that? don't they learn anything useful in school anymore?
I think it's pretty good. You have to think of different mathematical functions and the different vocabulary that can be used to mean the same thing.
Making youngsters realise that subtract, take away, minus, less can all mean the same thing is important when handling wordy mathematical problems... they often forget in exams!
It was an extension piece of homework for the half term, a bit of fun that gets you thinking. The homework that is normally set can be pretty vigorous from his school and I usually like to pick it up to refresh my memory.
Late to the party as usual, but how about TREETREES :)
I didnt really see the point of the homework initially but explaining that the children will think of words that mean the same as minus, take away, etc makes more sense.
One of our teachers was trying to explain to a child that minus and take-away and difference between are the same things - he always adds up unless it says minus, and his answer was..
"what can I say, I'm an adding kind of guy!"
How about VIIIPLUSI ?