It is very hot during the summer, so hot that your brain could stop working!
Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 20 times table.
How far can you get in five minutes?
1 x 20 = 20
2 x 20 = 40
. . .
CURRENT TEMPERATURE
20^{o}
Try this activity again when you are feeling hot. Can you get as far in five minutes?
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