It is very hot during the summer, so hot that your brain could stop working!

Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 31 times table.

How far can you get in five minutes?

1 x 31 = 31
2 x 31 = 62
. . .

CURRENT TEMPERATURE

31o

Try this activity again when you are feeling hot. Can you get as far in five minutes?

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• I guess summer is a distant memory for all of you in the southern hemisphere? In fact you are probably the only people viewing this starter as it is the middle of the summer holidays for many schools in the northern hemisphere. Whatever the temperature enjoy this quick lesson starter before the main part of your lesson and remember that when your school day ends (in New Zealand and Australia) the school day of those in the UK and America is yet to begin!
• Miss Green, Class 4
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• This was an excellent maths starter my class enjoyed it a lot. It kept them working for a while.

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 Teacher, do your students have access to computers?Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons? Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

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Here is the URL which will take them to a game that will help them practise the 31 times table.

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Here is the URL which will take them to a different times tables activity.

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