Triple Totals

Use only these numbers:

34, 44, 61, 71, 88

Complete these calculations:

+ + = 149 TickCross

+ + = 247 TickCross

+ + = 112 TickCross

+ + = 230 TickCross

+ + = 220 TickCross

Numbers can be used more than once in each calculation.

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Mental Methods

  • Mrs Comhgego, St Patrick
  • Great starter.
  • RN, Newcastle
  • The activity is good, but some feedback as to which answers were wrong would be helpful.

    [Transum: Thanks for the suggestion. Ticks and crosses have now been added.]
  • Primary 7, Bargeddie Primary School
  • Everyone in class enjoyed this starter, most of us rated it 5 out of 5 and several of us did manage to get it all right. It really got our brains working!
  • Mrs Wilkins, Macaulay Primary School Top 5
  • I think it is great to get the students brains working before the lesson.
  • Emma, Cardiff
  • Love how pupils can click board and check answers instantaneously without it jumping to new page.
  • Teacher,
  • Display this on IWB. give children 5 - 10 minutes to work out.
    get children to show answers on IWB using the arrows on the actual starter. works great!
  • Pete Campion, Wellington
  • Amazing Starter! Year 5A loved it!
  • Thomas Williams, The Meadows
  • We enjoyed it but had to work together.
  • Xenia Goodwin,
  • This starter was great!My class is a year 6 class,(more of a reception class)had lots of trouble doing this, but it really got their brains working.Spot on!
  • Billy, Sunderland
  • Great app to use with lower abiity kids. Would be good to change the operation. Could develop a app similar to the maths puzzle in the I paper (Easy, Intermediate and Difficult).
  • Year 8 St Michael's,
  • We loved this starter. The class did really well on this task. All pupils thought it was amazing.

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Laptops In Lessons

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Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons?

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

Laptops In Lessons

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Here is the URL which will take them to a game for more practice of this same skill.

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