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There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Mixed. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Mixed Starters:

Absolutely Everyone: A choice of questions about the current world population which is constantly changing.

Abundant Buses: A game based around the concept of abundant numbers.

Analogies: Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

Big Order: Estimate or calculate then put the large numbers in order of size.

Breathe Easily: How many breaths have you taken in your lifetime?

Christmas Eve: How many palindromic numbers can you find?

ClockEquate: Can you use the digits on the left of this clock along with any mathematical operations to equal the digits on the right?

Digital Lights: Questions about the Small LEDs used to make up the digits on a calculator display.

Famous Birthday: Work out the date Will was born by answering some number questions.

Four Gone: An activity involving a broken calculator which is missing the four button. Can you evaluate the given expressions without using the four?

Halloween: Five problems with a Halloween theme.

Hold 'Em Up!: Everyone in the class holds up an item to show which is the correct answer to the multiple choice question.

Jeopardy: Loosely based on the famous television show, how many questions cn you come up with for a given answer?

Just Four Questions: Four mathematical questions to think about at the beginning of the lesson.

Last Day: The 31st of December is the last day of the year. What mathematical lasts do you know?

Maggots: Do as many of the calculations as possible before the maggots infest!

Maths Crossword: A small crossword puzzle containing mathematical words.

Mental Test 10: The starter is a PowerPoint file containing a twenty question mental arithmetic test. It will advance from one question to the next automatically.

Mystery Numbers: Can you recognise the mystery numbers from the clues?

Positions Please: Stand at the point between the classroom walls to represent a given number.

Scaramouche: Can you work out from the five clues given what the mystery number is?

Six of the Best: Six calculations to perform without a calculator.

Take Sides: Put up your right hand or left hand depending on the expressions that appears.

True or False?: An activity designed to address common misconceptions.

Word Search: Create your own mathematical word search very easily.

 

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Beat The Clock

Beat The Clock

It is a race against the clock to answer 30 mental arithmetic questions. There are nine levels to choose from to suit pupils of different abilities.

 

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Notes:

A healthy mashup of activities and ideas to use and apply mathematical knowledge in a variety of situations.

Mixed Teacher Resources:

Exam Tips: Some advice, tips and tricks for a Maths exam presented in the form of a poem for a teacher to share with the class.

Maths Bingo: This application will pick the bingo numbers for you and present each of the numbers as a mathematical expression.

Playing Card Maths: Imagine you are on a desert island with nothing but a pack of playing cards. Do you have to stop learning mathematics?

Quickulations: A mental arithmetic visual aid that displays random calculations then after a few seconds displays the answers.

True or False?: Arrange the given statements in groups to show whether they are always true, sometimes true or false.

Mixed Activities:

Beat The Clock: It is a race against the clock to answer 30 mental arithmetic questions. There are nine levels to choose from.

Chain Challenge: How fast can you perform all of the given operations without using a calculator?

Kim's Quiz: The traditional memory game played with mathematical statements.

Mathopoly: A game of buying and selling property with maths questions thrown in for good measure.

Maths Analogies: Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

Maths General Knowledge Quiz: Some questions about general mathematical facts such as 'What is the name for the longest side of a right angled triangle?'

Maze: Each visitor to this page has a unique maze constructed for them to find their way through answering mathematical questions on the way.

Mystery Numbers: If 16 O in a P stands for 16 ounces in a pound, what do you think these mystery numbers are?

Number Skills Inventory: A checklist of basic numeracy techniques that every pupil should know.

Numskull: Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.

Pentransum: Mathematical questions with five possible answers.

Topic Test: Ten multiple choice questions randomly chosen from those suggested by people from all around the world.

Tran Towers: An adventure game requiring students to solve puzzles as they move through the old mansion.

Tran Tunnels: An adventure game requiring students to solve puzzles as they move through the tunnels.

Trick Or Treat: A mathematical true false general knowledge activity for Halloween.

True or False?: Arrange the given statements in groups to show whether they are always true, sometimes true or false.

Mixed Videos:

Maths In The Movies: Mathematical errors in the movies.

Mixed External Links:

Links to other websites containing resources for Mixed are provided for teachers logged into 'Class Admin'. Subscribing to this service also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel.

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