The North Pole Test

It is very cold at the North Pole, so cold that your brain could stop working.

Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 54 times table.

How far can you get in five minutes?

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

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  • Primary 6 & Mrs Thom, Netherlee PS
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  • In five minutes, our primary 6 class managed to get the first 16 stations correct. We felt that it was tricky but a lot of fun. Some were frustrated that if they got one answer wrong then every other answer was also wrong.

    We really enjoyed today's challenge!
  • Matthew, 3D, Craigslea State School
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  • I got up to the 29th station in 5 minutes.
    It was fun!
  • Katee Wheeler, ------
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  • This starter has some potential and is very helpful and interesting for developing Mathematical skills.
  • Debbie, Guernsey
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  • Very absorbing activity! One of my Y5s managed up to 49 x 44 in 5 minutes.

    [Transum: If are reading this comment and wondering why it refers to the 44 times table while you have been presented with another times table it is because a different number appears every time this page is loaded.]
  • Transum,
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  • Yes, the cold can really affect your brain in a negative way. Perhaps a chilly day where you live won’t make a big difference but for really cold environments there have been studies which have found that mental changes (reflecting a cooling brain) are the first sign of hypothermia. The tell-tale signs include becoming withdrawn, slower movements, poor coordination, hallucinations, slurred speech, poor memory and eventually loss of consciousness.

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1 x 54 = 54
2 x 54 = 108
3 x 54 = 162
4 x 54 = 216
5 x 54 = 270
6 x 54 = 324
7 x 54 = 378
8 x 54 = 432
9 x 54 = 486
10 x 54 = 540
11 x 54 = 594
12 x 54 = 648
13 x 54 = 702
14 x 54 = 756
15 x 54 = 810
16 x 54 = 864
17 x 54 = 918
18 x 54 = 972
19 x 54 = 1026
20 x 54 = 1080
21 x 54 = 1134
22 x 54 = 1188
23 x 54 = 1242
24 x 54 = 1296
25 x 54 = 1350
26 x 54 = 1404
27 x 54 = 1458
28 x 54 = 1512
29 x 54 = 1566
30 x 54 = 1620
31 x 54 = 1674
32 x 54 = 1728
33 x 54 = 1782
34 x 54 = 1836
35 x 54 = 1890
36 x 54 = 1944
37 x 54 = 1998
38 x 54 = 2052
39 x 54 = 2106
40 x 54 = 2160
41 x 54 = 2214
42 x 54 = 2268
43 x 54 = 2322
44 x 54 = 2376
45 x 54 = 2430
46 x 54 = 2484
47 x 54 = 2538
48 x 54 = 2592
49 x 54 = 2646
50 x 54 = 2700
51 x 54 = 2754
52 x 54 = 2808
53 x 54 = 2862
54 x 54 = 2916
55 x 54 = 2970
56 x 54 = 3024
57 x 54 = 3078
58 x 54 = 3132
59 x 54 = 3186
60 x 54 = 3240
61 x 54 = 3294
62 x 54 = 3348
63 x 54 = 3402
64 x 54 = 3456
65 x 54 = 3510
66 x 54 = 3564
67 x 54 = 3618
68 x 54 = 3672
69 x 54 = 3726
70 x 54 = 3780
71 x 54 = 3834
72 x 54 = 3888
73 x 54 = 3942
74 x 54 = 3996
75 x 54 = 4050
76 x 54 = 4104
77 x 54 = 4158
78 x 54 = 4212
79 x 54 = 4266
80 x 54 = 4320
81 x 54 = 4374
82 x 54 = 4428
83 x 54 = 4482
84 x 54 = 4536
85 x 54 = 4590
86 x 54 = 4644
87 x 54 = 4698
88 x 54 = 4752
89 x 54 = 4806
90 x 54 = 4860
91 x 54 = 4914
92 x 54 = 4968
93 x 54 = 5022
94 x 54 = 5076
95 x 54 = 5130
96 x 54 = 5184
97 x 54 = 5238
98 x 54 = 5292
99 x 54 = 5346
100 x 54 = 5400

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