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  • A very simple but open-ended idea for starting your Mathematics lesson which will encourage everyone to use their thinking skills right from the beginning. It is also a great quick assessment activity. You could use this starter the first time you meet a new class to get a speedy idea of the pupils' abilities. Look for whether their calculations contain only simple operations such as addition and subtraction or are they being creative with more sophisticated mathematics.

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Note to teacher: Doing this activity once with a class helps students develop strategies. It is only when they do this activity a second time that they will have the opportunity to practise those strategies. That is when the learning is consolidated. Click the button above to regenerate another version of this starter from random numbers.



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Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

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