Function Machine Inputs and Outputs Resource (Free Download)

Suitable for Year groups: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Function Machine Inputs and Outputs resource description

Here is a sheet of blank templates for using function machines with inputs and outputs.

Function Machine Inputs and Outputs

What is the resource?

This PDF explains the concept of function machines –  a visual way to understand how numbers can be put through mathematical 'operations' to come out changed. It's suitable for primary to early secondary learners.


Why are function machines important?

Function machines aren't just abstract maths. They represent real-life processes  – taking an input, processing it, and producing an output. Think of recipes, currency exchange, and even the steps to solve a word problem!


Why is this resource helpful?

This resource makes function machines fun and easy to grasp. Here's what makes it valuable:

  • Clear visuals: Function machines are shown as boxes, making the input/output concept crystal clear.
  • Real-life links: Connect function machines to everyday scenarios, giving context to the idea.
  • Practice examples: Offers lots of chances to try out different function machines.
  • Printable PDF: Provides a handy reference tool for learning at school or home.

The resource encourages logical thinking and makes the transition to formal algebraic equations less daunting.


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