The 31st August is two thirds of the way through the year. Where else might the fraction two thirds be found?

Make a poster showing a variety of calculations that give the answer two thirds. Include multiplication, division, addition and subtraction calculations. You could also use algebra, square roots, ratio and any other mathematics you know.

Example:
Find x if 6x − 2 = 2

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• Doesn't time fly? Two thirds of the way through the year already! This is a good starter for making a quick assessment of your students. It is differentiated by outcome and allows students to use their creativity, initiative and imagination to showcase the mathematical skills they have developed. Please send photographs of any good posters produced as a result of this starter.

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