Pens cost 10p each,
Pencils cost 8p each.
Dylan spent 72p altogether.
How many pens and pencils did he buy?
Dishes cost £1.10 each,
Plates cost £1.35 each.
Benjamin spent £7.35 on dishes and plates.
How many of each did he buy?
Topics: Starter  Arithmetic
How did you use this starter? Can you suggest
how teachers could present or develop this resource? Do you have any comments? It is always useful to receive
feedback and helps make this free resource even more useful for Maths teachers anywhere in the world.
Click here to enter your comments.
If you don't have the time to provide feedback we'd really appreciate it if you could give this page a score! We are constantly improving and adding to these starters so it would be really helpful to know which ones are most useful. Simply click on a button below:
This starter has scored a mean of 3.2 out of 5 based on 364 votes.
Previous Day  This starter is for 15 November  Next Day
Note to teacher: Doing this activity once with a class helps students develop strategies. It is only when they do this activity a second time that they will have the opportunity to practise those strategies. That is when the learning is consolidated. Click the button above to regenerate another version of this starter from random numbers.
Your access to the majority of the Transum resources continues to be free but you can help support the continued growth of the website by doing your Amazon shopping using the links on this page. Below is an Amazon search box and some items chosen and recommended by Transum Mathematics to get you started.
Teacher, do your students have
access to computers? 

Here a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments.
Transum.org/go/?Start=November15
Here is the URL which will take them to a related student activity.
If students have access to computing devices you may wish to try solving the following?
Sandwiches cost £1.69 each,
Drinks cost £1.01 each.
Logan spent £50.95 on sandwiches and drinks.
How many of each did he buy?
[Assume that they bought at least one of each of the items above.]
You may wish to use a spreadsheet or write a program on a graphing calculator:
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  
1  Sandwiches  
2  Drinks  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10 
3  1  £2.70  £4.39  £6.08  £7.77  £9.46  £11.15  £12.84  £14.53  £16.22  £17.91 
4  2  £3.71  £5.40  £7.09  £8.78  £10.47  £12.16  £13.85  £15.54  £17.23  £18.92 
5  3  £4.72  £6.41  £8.10  £9.79  £11.48  £13.17  £14.86  £16.55  £18.24  £19.93 
6  4  £5.73  £7.42  £9.11  £10.80  £12.49  £14.18  £15.87  £17.56  £19.25  £20.94 
7  5  £6.74  £8.43  £10.12  £11.81  £13.50  £15.19  £16.88  £18.57  £20.26  £21.95 
8  6  £7.75  £9.44  £11.13  £12.82  £14.51  £16.20  £17.89  £19.58  £21.27  £22.96 
9  7  £8.76  £10.45  £12.14  £13.83  £15.52  £17.21  £18.90  £20.59  £22.28  £23.97 
10  8  £9.77  £11.46  £13.15  £14.84  £16.53  £18.22  £19.91  £21.60  £23.29  £24.98 
11  9  £10.78  £12.47  £14.16  £15.85  £17.54  £19.23  £20.92  £22.61  £24.30  £25.99 
12  10  £11.79  £13.48  £15.17  £16.86  £18.55  £20.24  £21.93  £23.62  £25.31  £27.00 