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Substantial Maths Lesson Starters

If you are looking for a Maths lesson starter that can develop into a whole lesson then try the list on the left side of this page.

The starters here have been selected because they can develop into projects, investigations and activities that require more time than the first minutes of a lesson. The optionsl activities also provide a lot more for the student to do online.

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Substantial Starters:

Stable Scales

Stable Scales: Solve these balance puzzles by taking the same away from both sides. An introduction to linear equations. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Stable Scales. Ten balance puzzles to prepare you for solving equations..

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..

Simple Nim

Simple Nim: The classic game of Nim played with a group of pens and pencils. The game can be extended to the multi-pile version. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Nim. Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing objects from groups of objects..

Missing Square Puzzle

Missing Square Puzzle: The missing square puzzle is an optical illusion used to help students reason about geometrical figures. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Area of a Triangle. Calculate the areas of the given triangles in this self marking quiz..

Roman Numerals

Roman Numerals: Learn a very different method for writing numbers using Roman numerals. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Roman Numerals Jigsaw. An online interactive jigsaw puzzle of a grid of Roman numerals..

Rail Weigh

Rail Weigh: Record the weights of the trains to work out the weight of a locomotive and a coach. A real situation which produces simultaneous equations. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Simultaneous Equations. A series of exercises, increasing in difficulty, about simultaneous equations..

Wordles

Wordles: Turn mathematical words into designs which will help you remember the meanings of the words. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called In-tents Story. Work out the mathematical words missing from the story about buying a tent..

Coins in Envelopes

Coins in Envelopes: Fifteen pennies are placed in four envelopes and the envelopes are sealed. It is possible to pay someone any amount from 1p to 15p by giving them one or more envelopes. How were the pennies distributed between the envelopes? 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..

Plane Numbers

Plane Numbers: Arrange numbers on the plane shaped grid to produce the given totals An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Plane Numbers. Arrange numbers on the plane shaped grid to produce the given totals.

Snowman and Woman

Snowman and Woman: How many different ways can you spell out the word "Snowman" by moving from snowflake to snowflake. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Xmas Tree Trim. Use the lights provided to decorate each of the Christmas trees so that no two trees are the same..

Satisfaction

Satisfaction: Rearrange the numbers, row and column headings so that this table is mathematically correct. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Satisfaction. This is quite a challenging number grouping puzzle requiring a knowledge of prime, square and triangular numbers..

Ice Cream

Ice Cream: How many different ice cream cones can be made by choosing two scoops from six flavours? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Ice-cream Combinations. How many two-scoop ice creams can you make from the given flavours?.

Noughts and Crosses

Noughts and Crosses: In how many different ways can the first X and O by placed on the grid? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Transum Club. How many different colour schemes can you devise for the Transum Club Badge..

Handshakes

Handshakes: If all the students in this room shook hands with each other, how many handshakes would there be altogether? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mystic Rose. Investigate the properties of the Mystic Rose by using this interactive diagram..

Consecutive Squares

Consecutive Squares: What do you notice about the difference between the squares of consecutive numbers? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Square Pairs Game. A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a square number..

THOAN

THOAN: THOAN stands for 'Think of a number' and there are four randomly generated THOAN puzzles to solve. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Think of a Number. Ten students think of a number then perform various operations on that number. You have to find what the original numbers were..

Red Lines

Red Lines: Either estimate the lengths of the red lines or, if you know how, calculate how long they are. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Pythagoras. An online exercise to test your understanding and ability to apply Pythagoras' Theorem..

Flabbergasted

Flabbergasted: If each number in a sequence must be a factor or multiple of the previous number what is the longest sequence that can be made from the given numbers? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Factor Trees. Create factor trees to find the prime factors of the given numbers..

Pears Make Squares

Pears Make Squares: Find three numbers such that each pair of numbers adds up to a square number. 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..

Two Twins and Tim

Two Twins and Tim: A tricky problem set on a coordinate grid. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Coordinates. A self marking exercise on identifying coordinates culminating in finding the mid point of two given points..

Verruca Value

Verruca Value: The Verruca Value of a word is the number of vowels multiplied by the number of consonants. How many words can you find with Verruca Value of 24? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Letter Sums. Add up the values of the letters in these mathematical words..

Tran's Hats

Tran's Hats: In how many different ways might Tran decide to wear his hats in one week? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Striped Sweets. Colour the sweet wrappers so that no two are the same..

Justundera Quid

Justundera Quid: Find a word whose letters would cost exactly ninety nine pence. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Letter Sums. Add up the values of the letters in these mathematical words..

Graph Picture

Graph Picture: Plot the given coordinates then join them up to form a picture. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Coordinates. A self marking exercise on identifying coordinates culminating in finding the mid point of two given points..

Bizarre Triangle

Bizarre Triangle: By how much would the area of this triangle increase if its base was enlarged to 8cm? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Pythagoras Basics. A drill and practice self marking exercise on the basics of Pythagoras' theorem..

 

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Nim

Nim

A very old game but one which involves mathematical based strategies. Take turns with the computer to remove items from the piles. You can remove as many items from the same row as you like. Whoever removes the last item is the winner.

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Transformations

Transformations

Draw transformations online and have them instantly checked. Includes reflections, translations, rotations and enlargements. So far this activity has been accessed 33491 times and 986 people have earned a Transum Trophy for completing it.

 

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