Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words.
Can you recognise them?








Topics: Starter | Vocabulary

  • Mrs Humphreys' maths group, Nevill Road, Bramhall, Stockport
  • For RT my year 6 class came up with 'ratio', which they thought was a better answer than root!!!
  • Norman Cox, Suffolk
  • A very good starter with all abilities! It kept a foundation group captivated for a considerable time and taught them some spellings!
  • 9m1, Lord Lawson
  • This was an excellent starter but year 9 found it very easy.
  • Ross Roberton, International School Of Luxembourg
  • My very smart G9 class also found Ratio=Rate=Root(=Rat!).
  • Tickhill St. Mary's, Doncaster
  • The Year Six class found this quite hard but interesting, and got there in the end!
  • The Best Maths Class Ever 8cdM2, King Alfreds College OXON
  • We found this starter quite easy and we only had a problem with one . We thought for RT ratio was better than root.
  • Inspired, West Yorkshire
  • I thought this was really good. It kept my top set yr 9 thinking and really helps with literacy!
    More of the same PLEASE!!
  • Class 6, Doncaster
  • My class fand it very evey.
  • 8x3, Mount St Joseph
  • W, rlly, njyd, t. Bck, sd, t, rlly, nggd, r, brns.
  • Mr Lewis Aka JRP Williams, St Andrews Intl, Green Valley,Thailand
  • Really fun 10 minuter for Year 8 second language lower ability class... I won't use it again tho, as they beat me!! ;)o.
  • Nicola Brown, Oasis Academy Mediacity Uk
  • Excellent.
  • Mr Macaulay, SW London
  • My fab year 6 class, found it easy....with some extra clues :-).
  • Mr Jenkins' Yr 6 Maths Class, BCJS, Banstead, Surrey, UK
  • We enjoyed this activity and got all the answers in the end. We then made up some of our own and will be exploring this maths vocabulary throughout the year.
  • Miss Lavis, Tameside
  • My year 4 class really enjoyed it, they worked together as a class and found it easy.
  • Matthew Zhao, 4AD, Craigslea State School
  • It was a fun and challenging puzzle.(not surprising) I enjoyed it and made up my own. Here they are.
    (golden comes from the golden ratio).
  • Mr Parsons, Ashcroft High School
  • My year 7 students really enjoyed this activity. Can we have some more?
  • Transum,
  • In answer to the question 'Can we have some more?' the answer is definitely yes. Scroll down this page to the link which will take you to the student version of this activity. It pulls words from a school mathematical dictionary at random and extracts the vowels so you can refresh the page to get lots of different challenges.
  • Thy Dinh, Twitter

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops?  This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments:


However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.

Laptops In Lessons

Here is the URL which will take them to a student version of this activity.


Student Activity


This is the Maths Lesson Starter for the first day of October.

It is the month that begins with the 'oct' prefix but is the tenth month of the year.

Don't other words that start with oct have something to do with eight? Can you think of a reason for that?

Maybe a little research is necessary.

More Mathematical Vocabulary Activities

You will be surprised just how many activities your pupils can enjoy while improving their knowledge of mathematical vocabulary at the same time. Here are some I have picked out but the full list is on the Vocabulary topic page.

Hexblock Hunter
The mathematical version of TV's Blockbusters game show. Find the mathematical words from the clues.

In-tents Story
Work out the mathematical words missing from the story about buying a tent.

Here are clues to some mathematical words all beginning with the letter M. Can you figure out what they are?

Math vs Maths Pairs
Match the British and American words for mathematical concepts.

The letters of mathematical words have been mixed up. Can you recognise them?

Maths Crossword
An interactive mathematical crossword for you to do online. Find the missing words from the given clues.

Mystery Numbers
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Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.

Probability Washing Line
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Shark's Dinner
The mathematical version of the classic hangman game. Guess the letters that are contained in the words.

Words and Concepts
Fill in the missing words to show an understanding of the vocabulary of equations, inequalities, terms and factors.

Words in Digits
Write the numbers given in words as digits and vice versa.

Writing Expressions
Listen to the voice saying the algebraic expression then write it in its simplest form.

The Great Dodecahedron
Pupils are not allowed to use their hands to point but must describe fully any shapes they can see in this picture.

Remember these mathematical words for their shape and movement.


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