I wrote yesterday about an anagram generator which could be used as a lesson starter. This reminded me of a great little website called Subtangent who provides several flash games including a few which mimic the letters and the numbers rounds from the Countdown TV show. The site was produced by Duncan Keith, a Maths teacher from England.
For Literacy lessons – choose a mixture of vowels and consonants and then see who can make the longest word from the letters provided.
For Maths lessons – see who can get the closest to the target number using combinations of numbers provided. This is a great mental warm up activity.
Games can be played online or downloaded for offline use. There are other fun games on the Subtangent site – some can now only be played offline to reduce site load – but they are easy to download and play.
A downloadable freeware version of the numbers game can be downloaded from CSF software. This version is great as it also provides the answers!