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 Live Data. 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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### Live Data Starters:

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

Weather Maths: Eight mathematical questions about the current weather and times in four cities around the world.

#### Where's Wallaby?

Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates. Not only is this a fun way to practise using coordinates it is also a great introduction to Pythagoras' theorem and loci.

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Comment recorded on the 19 October 'Starter of the Day' page by E Pollard, Huddersfield:

"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

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"This is an excellent website. We all often use the starters as the pupils come in the door and get settled as we take the register."

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Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs Johnstone, 7Je:

"I think this is a brilliant website as all the students enjoy doing the puzzles and it is a brilliant way to start a lesson."

### Notes:

One of the big differences between Maths from a textbook and Maths from the web is the possibility of using live data. This possibility gives problem solving real context and allows investigating statistical connections to be far more meaningful.

### Live Data Teacher Resources:

A Show Of Hands: Produce a number of graphs and charts from a quick show of hands.

Plinko Probability: A simulation of a Quincunx (Galton Board) which can be used to create the bell shaped curve of the normal distribution.

Significance: A slide presentation showing how to use the chi-squared test to measure significance.

### Live Data Activities:

Currency Conversion: Test your ability to convert from one currency to another with this self marking quiz.

Heptaphobia Research: Use written methods to answer ten arithmetic questions. When you have finished you will find the results of this amazing research.

Pin Drop: Estimate the probability of a drawing pin landing point up from experimental data.

### Live Data Investigations:

Beginning with One: Is it true that most numbers begin with 1? Think of numbers you see everyday and it is a surprising fact that so many of them begin with a one. Can you think why this is true?

First Impressions: This activity will collect data about your first impressions of some optical illusions. You can then analyse the data to come to your own conclusions.

Predictive Survey: An eight question survey collecting data for an amazing probability experiment.

Reaction Time: When the numbers appear hit the correct button depending on whether the numbers are even or odd

### Live Data Videos:

The Beauty of Data Visualization: Complex data sets (like military spending, media buzz, Facebook updates) are turned into beautiful, simple diagrams.

Visualising Data: Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development.

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#### Fractions by Wholes

An exercise on multiplying and dividing proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers. So far this activity has been accessed 58 times and 5 people have earned a Transum Trophy for completing it.

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