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Quick Maths Lesson Starters

If you are looking for a very quick lesson starter because you want to get on with the main part of the lesson here are some ideas.

They have been selected because they do the job of getting the students focussed but they mostly are direct questions with a given answer to provide closure. If you choose to use the optional student activity the time required will need to be extended.

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Quick Starters:

Secret Symbol

Secret Symbol: Place a symbol between the four and the five to get a number greater than four and less than five. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Thrice. Can you arrange all of the counters on the grid to form 10 lines of three counters?.

Quick Percentages

Quick Percentages: Simple percentage questions appear on screen then fade every 8 seconds. This Starter is customisable. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Express as a Percentage. This self-marking quiz requires you to work out what one quantity is as a percentage of a second quantity..

Exponential Error

Exponential Error: This lesson starter presents a number of statements about indices and pupils are asked if they can spot the mistake. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Indices Pairs. The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of indices..

Numbers in words

Numbers in words: Write out in words some numbers writen as digits (optional pirate theme) An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Words in Digits. Write the numbers given in words as digits and vice versa..

Cracked Clock

Cracked Clock: How did the clock break if the numbers on each of the pieces added up to the same total? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Cracked Clock Quiz. A self marking set of ten mathematical questions about a clock which cracked!.

May Day

May Day: Add together the dates of all the Thursdays in May this year. Which day sum is largest? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Calendar Maths Investigation. Investigate the connection between the numbers in a T shape drawn on this month's calendar..

Odd One Out

Odd One Out: From the numbers given, find the one that is the odd one out. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called No Partner. Find which numbers in a given list do not combine with other numbers on the list to make a given sum..

Three Make 1000

Three Make 1000: Find three numbers from those given that add up to 1000. How many different sets of three numbers can be found? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called . .

Connecting Rules

Connecting Rules: Give 20 rules connecting x and y given their values. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called . .

Nine Nine Nine

Nine Nine Nine: Arrange the numbers 1-9 to make three 3 digit numbers that add up to 999. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Nine Nine Nine. Use the digits 1 to 9 to make three 3 digit numbers which add up to 999..

Product Practice

Product Practice: Work out the answers to the given calculations then add the answers together. There are three different levels of difficulty. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Ten Multiplications. Ten multiplications for you to do without a calculator..

Wrapping Paper

Wrapping Paper: Find the order of rotational symmetry of the repeating pattern. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Rotational Symmetry Pairs. The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of rotational symmetry..

Stacks of Sums

Stacks of Sums: Write down many different types of calculations which give a particular answer. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Make an expression. Use the digits given to form an expression equivalent to the given total..

Halve it

Halve it: Start with 512. Halve it to get 256. Halve it to get 128. Continue as far as possible. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Double Take. Merge two tiles into one tile to make a double. What is the largest double you can make?.

Inbetween Table

Inbetween Table: Write down as many multiples of 3.5 as possible in 3.5 minutes. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called TablesMaster. How fast can you answer times table questions? This activity provides feedback to help you improve..

Upside Number

Upside Number: Work out the phone number from the clues given. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Square and Even. Arrange the numbers on the cards so that each of the three digit numbers formed horizontally are square numbers and each of the three digit numbers formed vertically are even..

Double Trouble

Double Trouble: Begin with one, double it, double it again and so on. How many numbers in this sequence can you write down before the register has been called? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Doubling Quiz. Drag the number cards onto their doubles. No calculators or writing allowed..

Sectors

Sectors: Work out which sectors fit together to make complete circles. Knowledge of the sum of the angles at a point will help find more than one correct solution to this puzzle. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Angle Points. Apply the properties of angles at a point, angles on a straight line and vertically opposite angles..

St Ives

St Ives: The traditional St Ives riddle. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Maths Crossword. An interactive mathematical crossword for you to do online. Find the missing words from the given clues..

A Very Strange Game

A Very Strange Game: Four different actions depending on the number which appears. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Watsadoo. Rotate the cogs to catch the flying numbers in the correct sections..

Light Shopping

Light Shopping: A lamp and a bulb together cost 32 pounds. The lamp costs 30 pounds more than the bulb. How much does the bulb cost? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Algebra In Action. Real life problems adapted from an old Mathematics textbook which can be solved using algebra..

Figuratively Speaking

Figuratively Speaking: Write the numbers written as words using digits. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Words in Digits. Write the numbers given in words as digits and vice versa..

Letter Clue Calculations

Letter Clue Calculations: Work out what the calculations might be from the letter clues. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Code Cracker. Crack the code by replacing the encrypted letters in the given text. There are lots of hints provided about code breaking techniques..

Take Sides

Take Sides: Put up your right hand or left hand depending on the expressions that appears. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Digivide. Arrange the numbers from 1 to 6 in the spaces to make the division calculation correct..

Anagrams

Anagrams: Can you un-jumble these mathematical words? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mathanagrams. The letters of mathematical words have been mixed up. Can you recognise them?.

Shadow Sums

Shadow Sums: Make sums from the three digit numbers given. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Ten Sums. Ten sums for you to do without a calculator..

Register

Register: When the register is called answer with a multiple of 7. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called . .

Breathe Easily

Breathe Easily: How many breaths have you taken in your lifetime? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Rounding SF. A self marking exercise requiring students to round numbers to a given number of significant figures..

Multiplication Grid

Multiplication Grid: Copy and complete the multiplication grid. The higher levels include negative numbers. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Clouds. Can you work out which numbers are hidden behind the clouds in these calculations?.

Maths In School

Maths In School: Find mathematical words which can be made by using the letters in the name of your school? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mathanagrams. The letters of mathematical words have been mixed up. Can you recognise them?.

Know Your Place

Know Your Place: Without a calculator perform some calculations requiring a knowledge of place value. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Know Your Place. Without a calculator perform some calculations requiring a knowledge of place value..

Calc-A-Hundred

Calc-A-Hundred: A game for two players requiring a calculator and thinking skills. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Broken Calculator. Some of the buttons are missing from this calculator. Can you make the totals from 1 to 20?.

Vowelless

Vowelless: Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words. Can you recognise them? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Vowelless. Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words. Can you recognise them?.

Team Age

Team Age: Work out who is in which team from the information given. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Addle. Arrange the numbers from 1 to 14 in the spaces to make the sums correct..

A Number

A Number: When written as a word or words what is the smallest positive whole number containing the letter 'a'? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Four Ever. Generate a number sequence based on the number of letters needed to spell the previous number..

How Do You Do?

How Do You Do?: A little lateral thinking will help you solve this number puzzle. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Largest Product. A drag and drop activity challenging you to arrange the digits to produce the largest possible product..

Windmill Sequence

Windmill Sequence: Find the value of the missing term of the sequence. It is easier than you may think! An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Scallywags and Scoundrels. Arrange the scallywags and scoundrels on the chairs so that the numbers of any two sitting next to each other add up to a prime number..

On The Double

On The Double: Double the numbers given in the table. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Doubling Quiz. Drag the number cards onto their doubles. No calculators or writing allowed..

Mathterpiece

Mathterpiece: Memorise a picture made up of geometrical shapes An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mathterpieces. Memorise eight pictures made up of geometrical shapes then sort them into order..

Hot Summer Test

Hot Summer Test: Write out a large times table. Get as far as possible in 5 minutes. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Times Tables. A collection of activities to help you learn your times tables in only 5 days..

PYA

PYA: You have four minutes to write down as many equations as you can involving the given letters. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Substitution. Substitute the given values into the algebraic expressions..

Square Sequence

Square Sequence: Write out as many square numbers as possible in 4 minutes. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Don't Shoot The Square. Shoot the numbers but don't shoot any square numbers..

Bridge Crossing

Bridge Crossing: The classic puzzle of finding a route which crosses each bridge once. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Without Lifting The Pencil. Can you draw these diagrams without lifting your pencil from the paper? This is an interactive version of the traditional puzzle..

Table Legs

Table Legs: Learn an unusual times table from the strategic finger moving up and down the 'Table Leg'! An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Times Tables. A collection of activities to help you learn your times tables in only 5 days..

Table Spiders

Table Spiders: Multiply the number on the spider's back by the numbers next to its legs. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Times Tables. A collection of activities to help you learn your times tables in only 5 days..

Add Quickulations

Add Quickulations: Calculations appear on the screen every few seconds. This mental arithmetic starter provides pace to the start of the Maths lesson. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Basic Addition. A self marking exercise on addition with increasing levels of difficulty..

Cars

Cars: Calculate the total cost of four cars from the information given. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mathopoly. A game of buying and selling property with maths questions thrown in for good measure..

Addle

Addle: Arrange the numbers 1 to 14 in the circles so that the sums are correct. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Addle. Arrange the numbers from 1 to 14 in the spaces to make the sums correct..

Six of the Best

Six of the Best: Six calculations to perform without a calculator. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Number Skills Inventory. A checklist of basic numeracy techniques that every pupil should know..

Half and Half

Half and Half: Start with 100. Halve it to get 50. Halve that to get 25. Continue as far as possible. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Basic Division. A self marking exercise on division with increasing levels of difficulty..

Aunt Sophie's Post Office

Aunt Sophie's Post Office: Work out the number of stamps needed to post a parcel. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Stamp Sticking. Drag stamps onto the envelopes to make the exact postage as shown at the top left of each envelope..

5.5 Times Table

5.5 Times Table: Write out the 5.5 times table as far as possible. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Flash Tables. A never ending sequence of times tables questions to be projected on to a whiteboard or screen..

Middle of Centres

Middle of Centres: Find the midpoint of the line joining the centres of enlargement. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Where's Wallaby?. Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates..

Guitar For Sale

Guitar For Sale: A question about the profit made when buying and selling a guitar. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Aunt Lucy's Legacy. Decide which of the four schemes Aunt Lucy proposes will provide the most money. This investigation involves the sum of sequences as well as considering life expectancy..

Mystery Numbers

Mystery Numbers: Can you recognise the mystery numbers from the clues? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mystery Numbers. If '7 D in a W' stands for 7 days in a week, what do you think these mystery numbers are?.

Eleventh of the Eleventh

Eleventh of the Eleventh: Practise multiplying and dividing by eleven in your head. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Eleven In Your Head. Multiply numbers by eleven in your head..

Eleven Plus Two

Eleven Plus Two: Rearrange the letters in the expression 'Eleven Plus Two' to make another expression with the same value. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mixpressions. Arrange the cards to create a valid mathematical statement..

Rounding 1dp

Rounding 1dp: Round off the given numbers to 1 decimal place then add the answers together. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Rounding DP. A self marking exercise requiring students to round numbers to a given number of decimal places..

Estimating Percentages

Estimating Percentages: Estimate what percentages of full circles the red sectors represent. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Estimating Percentages. Estimate the percentages represented by the diagrams..

Tools

Tools: Place the numbers on the triangle so that the totals along each of the sides are equal. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Tools. In how many different ways can the numbers be arranged to give the same totals?.

Subtract Quickulations

Subtract Quickulations: Calculations appear on the screen every 10 seconds. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Basic Subtraction. A self marking exercise on subtraction with increasing levels of difficulty..

Step Perimeter

Step Perimeter: Is it possible to work out the perimeter of this shape if the lengths of all the sides are not given? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Online Logo. An online version of the Logo programming language..

Consecutive

Consecutive: Three consecutive numbers multiplied together give a given product. Students are asked to figure out what the numbers are. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Consecutive Numbers. Find the consective numbers that are added or multiplied to give the given totals.

Maggots

Maggots: Do as many of the calculations as possible before the maggots infest! An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Beat The Clock. It is a race against the clock to answer 30 mental arithmetic questions. There are nine levels to choose from..

Alphanumbetical

Alphanumbetical: A challenge to find the number which when written as a word has all the letters in alphabetical order. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mathanagrams. The letters of mathematical words have been mixed up. Can you recognise them?.

Plus

Plus: A number puzzle suitable for children with a wide range of abilities. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Plus. A number arranging puzzle with seven levels of challenge..

Timed Tables

Timed Tables: How fast can you answer 24 mixed times tables questions? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Times Tables. A collection of activities to help you learn your times tables in only 5 days..

9:50 Puzzle

9:50 Puzzle: A little lateral thinking might help you solve this puzzle. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Stick Squares. Arrange the matches to form four squares instead of five..

Hold 'Em Up!

Hold 'Em Up!: Everyone in the class holds up an item to show which is the correct answer to the multiple choice question. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Pentransum. Mathematical questions with five possible answers. If you get 20 correct you can add your own question to the database..

Small Satisfaction

Small Satisfaction: Arrange the digits one to nine in the grid so that they obey the row and column headings. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Satisfy. Place the nine numbers in the table so they obey the row and column headings..

 

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