The North Pole Test

It is very cold at the North Pole, so cold that your brain could stop working.

Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 77 times table.

How far can you get in five minutes?

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  • Primary 6 & Mrs Thom, Netherlee PS
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  • In five minutes, our primary 6 class managed to get the first 16 stations correct. We felt that it was tricky but a lot of fun. Some were frustrated that if they got one answer wrong then every other answer was also wrong.

    We really enjoyed today's challenge!
  • Matthew, 3D, Craigslea State School
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  • I got up to the 29th station in 5 minutes.
    It was fun!
  • Katee Wheeler, ------
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  • This starter has some potential and is very helpful and interesting for developing Mathematical skills.
  • Debbie, Guernsey
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  • Very absorbing activity! One of my Y5s managed up to 49 x 44 in 5 minutes.

    [Transum: If are reading this comment and wondering why it refers to the 44 times table while you have been presented with another times table it is because a different number appears every time this page is loaded.]
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  • Yes, the cold can really affect your brain in a negative way. Perhaps a chilly day where you live won’t make a big difference but for really cold environments there have been studies which have found that mental changes (reflecting a cooling brain) are the first sign of hypothermia. The tell-tale signs include becoming withdrawn, slower movements, poor coordination, hallucinations, slurred speech, poor memory and eventually loss of consciousness.

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1 x 77 = 77
2 x 77 = 154
3 x 77 = 231
4 x 77 = 308
5 x 77 = 385
6 x 77 = 462
7 x 77 = 539
8 x 77 = 616
9 x 77 = 693
10 x 77 = 770
11 x 77 = 847
12 x 77 = 924
13 x 77 = 1001
14 x 77 = 1078
15 x 77 = 1155
16 x 77 = 1232
17 x 77 = 1309
18 x 77 = 1386
19 x 77 = 1463
20 x 77 = 1540
21 x 77 = 1617
22 x 77 = 1694
23 x 77 = 1771
24 x 77 = 1848
25 x 77 = 1925
26 x 77 = 2002
27 x 77 = 2079
28 x 77 = 2156
29 x 77 = 2233
30 x 77 = 2310
31 x 77 = 2387
32 x 77 = 2464
33 x 77 = 2541
34 x 77 = 2618
35 x 77 = 2695
36 x 77 = 2772
37 x 77 = 2849
38 x 77 = 2926
39 x 77 = 3003
40 x 77 = 3080
41 x 77 = 3157
42 x 77 = 3234
43 x 77 = 3311
44 x 77 = 3388
45 x 77 = 3465
46 x 77 = 3542
47 x 77 = 3619
48 x 77 = 3696
49 x 77 = 3773
50 x 77 = 3850
51 x 77 = 3927
52 x 77 = 4004
53 x 77 = 4081
54 x 77 = 4158
55 x 77 = 4235
56 x 77 = 4312
57 x 77 = 4389
58 x 77 = 4466
59 x 77 = 4543
60 x 77 = 4620
61 x 77 = 4697
62 x 77 = 4774
63 x 77 = 4851
64 x 77 = 4928
65 x 77 = 5005
66 x 77 = 5082
67 x 77 = 5159
68 x 77 = 5236
69 x 77 = 5313
70 x 77 = 5390
71 x 77 = 5467
72 x 77 = 5544
73 x 77 = 5621
74 x 77 = 5698
75 x 77 = 5775
76 x 77 = 5852
77 x 77 = 5929
78 x 77 = 6006
79 x 77 = 6083
80 x 77 = 6160
81 x 77 = 6237
82 x 77 = 6314
83 x 77 = 6391
84 x 77 = 6468
85 x 77 = 6545
86 x 77 = 6622
87 x 77 = 6699
88 x 77 = 6776
89 x 77 = 6853
90 x 77 = 6930
91 x 77 = 7007
92 x 77 = 7084
93 x 77 = 7161
94 x 77 = 7238
95 x 77 = 7315
96 x 77 = 7392
97 x 77 = 7469
98 x 77 = 7546
99 x 77 = 7623
100 x 77 = 7700

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