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 108 times table.

How far can you get in five minutes?

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108 miles   

Try this activity again when you are feeling cold. Can you get as far 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.]
  • Transum,
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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 The tell-tale signs include becoming withdrawn, slower movements, poor coordination, hallucinations, slurred speech, poor memory and eventually loss of consciousness.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 108 = 108
2 x 108 = 216
3 x 108 = 324
4 x 108 = 432
5 x 108 = 540
6 x 108 = 648
7 x 108 = 756
8 x 108 = 864
9 x 108 = 972
10 x 108 = 1080
11 x 108 = 1188
12 x 108 = 1296
13 x 108 = 1404
14 x 108 = 1512
15 x 108 = 1620
16 x 108 = 1728
17 x 108 = 1836
18 x 108 = 1944
19 x 108 = 2052
20 x 108 = 2160
21 x 108 = 2268
22 x 108 = 2376
23 x 108 = 2484
24 x 108 = 2592
25 x 108 = 2700
26 x 108 = 2808
27 x 108 = 2916
28 x 108 = 3024
29 x 108 = 3132
30 x 108 = 3240
31 x 108 = 3348
32 x 108 = 3456
33 x 108 = 3564
34 x 108 = 3672
35 x 108 = 3780
36 x 108 = 3888
37 x 108 = 3996
38 x 108 = 4104
39 x 108 = 4212
40 x 108 = 4320
41 x 108 = 4428
42 x 108 = 4536
43 x 108 = 4644
44 x 108 = 4752
45 x 108 = 4860
46 x 108 = 4968
47 x 108 = 5076
48 x 108 = 5184
49 x 108 = 5292
50 x 108 = 5400
51 x 108 = 5508
52 x 108 = 5616
53 x 108 = 5724
54 x 108 = 5832
55 x 108 = 5940
56 x 108 = 6048
57 x 108 = 6156
58 x 108 = 6264
59 x 108 = 6372
60 x 108 = 6480
61 x 108 = 6588
62 x 108 = 6696
63 x 108 = 6804
64 x 108 = 6912
65 x 108 = 7020
66 x 108 = 7128
67 x 108 = 7236
68 x 108 = 7344
69 x 108 = 7452
70 x 108 = 7560
71 x 108 = 7668
72 x 108 = 7776
73 x 108 = 7884
74 x 108 = 7992
75 x 108 = 8100
76 x 108 = 8208
77 x 108 = 8316
78 x 108 = 8424
79 x 108 = 8532
80 x 108 = 8640
81 x 108 = 8748
82 x 108 = 8856
83 x 108 = 8964
84 x 108 = 9072
85 x 108 = 9180
86 x 108 = 9288
87 x 108 = 9396
88 x 108 = 9504
89 x 108 = 9612
90 x 108 = 9720
91 x 108 = 9828
92 x 108 = 9936
93 x 108 = 10044
94 x 108 = 10152
95 x 108 = 10260
96 x 108 = 10368
97 x 108 = 10476
98 x 108 = 10584
99 x 108 = 10692
100 x 108 = 10800

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