Copy this picture of a spider and fill in the missing numbers.
The numbers in the circles are equal to the number on the spider's back multiplied by the number next to the leg.
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Topics: Starter  Mental Methods  Tables
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Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops? This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments: Transum.org/go/?Start=August2 However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below. 

Here is the URL which will take them to more times tables activities.