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A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Functions | Mental Methods

  • Red Table (Callum,Callum Nico Tremayne Shaun), Cheadle Primary School
  • It was very challenging and very very fun. It was easier because it was a team effort.
  • Sharon Wray, Geneva
  • A brilliant starter. We use this at least once a week and the children love it. Year 6 class Geneva. Thank you!
  • Nick Staples, Waipahu Intermediate
  • My student were so excited to have a break from their linear equations and play this game in small groups. They got quite wild and everyone was engaged, good way to help with squares, muliplying by a fraction and some basic vocabulary which not everyone knows. Thanks Transum!

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Teacher controls

Though most teachers would have the static version of this Starter projected onto their whiteboard while the pupils are gathering to start the lesson, it can be used in a dynamic way too. Use the buttons below to add pace.

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Doing this activity once with a class helps students develop strategies. It is only when they do this activity a second time that they will have the opportunity to practise those strategies. That is when the learning is consolidated. Click the button above to regenerate another version of this starter from random numbers.


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Laptops In Lessons

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:

However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.

Laptops In Lessons

Here is the URL which will take them to a related student activity.

Student Activity

The Starter for March 2nd was originally a version of Countdown.

Student Activity



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