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A Maths Starter Of The Day

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Estimate or Calculate,
then arrange these statements in order of size

Population of the UK
Number of seconds in a week
A thousand squared
Days since 1st January 1
99 x 99 x 99 x 99
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Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Calculator | Estimating | Mixed | Place Value

  • Tam, Sussex PGCE
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  • This one worked really well and got the pupils thinking! I made one change though, which was to change the number of days question to the days from 1500 AD because it was a bit too close to the number of seconds in a week, (700,000 and 600,000 respectively)
  • J Hitchcox, Sheldon
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  • I liked this activity as it made the students think.
    Interesting some of the answers. Some students have no real value of size. I did not read the January 1st one correctly. I missed the 1 at the end.
  • Mr Keir, WHS
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  • Well done Yr 10 Set 3 at Welshpool High School 2011! Jolly Good Show ALL CORRECT!
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  • Just in case you hadn't noticed, the statements above can be dragged up and down the list when you get to the sorting stage. Dealing with such large numbers is a great opportunity to introduce standard form or scientific notation. Calculators may have presented the answers to the calculations in this format. There is a link to the Transum standard form exercises below.

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Answers

994 = 96 059 601

Population of the UK is roughly 65 000 000

One thousand squared is 1 000 000

The number of days since 1st January in the year 1 is roughly 736757

The number of seconds in a week is 604 800
 

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