# The Story of 13

## A Maths Starter Of The Day

In the back of your exercise book, on a whole page, draw a large number thirteen. Around your drawing write down as many facts as you can think of about the number thirteen.

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Topics: Starter | Creativity | Number

• 6 A , St Catherines
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• This was easy once we got the idea!
• Best Maths Class Ever 8CD/M2, King Alfred's College OXON
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• This starter was easy but to get better answers you have to stretch your imagination. My friends Danny and Smudger got about 50 answers each.
• Hughes, Ysgol Craig Y Don
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• Brilliant starter!
• Transum,
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• A very open ended starter suitable for students of any age. If your class are slow to get started you may like to suggest some of the ideas presented lower down this page. If this starter really captures the imagination of students it can be extended to produce classroom display material. Use colours and a little artistic input to produce an eye-catching poster. Please send any interesting examples to Transum at the address below.

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This is an opportunity for students to be creative. After the obvious facts, which properties of the number thirteen do the students know?

The following information is from Richard Phillips

The following information is from Wikipedia

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## Math with Bad Drawings

I had been tutoring the wonderful Betsy for five years. When the day came for our last ever session together before the end of her Year 13, I received this beautiful book as a gift of appreciation.

This a very readable book by Ben Orlin. I'm really enjoying the humour in the writing and the drawings are great.

Ben Orlin answers maths' three big questions: Why do I need to learn this? When am I ever going to use it? Why is it so hard? The answers come in various forms-cartoons, drawings, jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that mathematics should belong to everyone.

 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).

Here a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments.

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Here is the URL which will take them to an activity involving the properties of numbers.

Transum.org/go/?to=Satisfy

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