Half of a third is a sixth

Half of a third is a sixth

Eight is the square root of sixty four

Eight is the square root of sixty four

One add one is not eleven

One add one is not eleven

Feeling hungry? Seven ate nine!

Feeling hungry? Seven ate nine!

pi is roughly 3.142

pi is roughly 3.142

A square is a special rectangle

A square is a special rectangle

Half a metre is 50cm

Half a metre is 50cm

There are ninety degrees in a right angle

There are ninety degrees in a right angle

Negative three is less than negative two

Negative three is less than negative two

Hexagons tessellate

Hexagons tessellate

See above ten phrases which need to be memorised. Each time the blue play button is clicked a phrase will be removed from the collection. The aim of the activity is to write down the exact the phrase after it has been removed. After the last phrase has been removed all ten phrases are then shown in the order they were removed so that accuracy can be checked. The auto play button removes phrases at thirty second intervals (the time interval can be changed - see below).

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• Bob Cavanagh, Brussels
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• I hadn't thought of using Kim's game in this way. It is excellent for students to develop recall skills, not just long term ones but short term ones as well. These short term skills are essential when answering longer questions which require the student to keep track of previous information.
• Jamie, MPS
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• This game was excellent! I'd really like more of this!
• Jake Buist, Carnoustie High School.
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• This game refreshes your memory and gets you thinking.
• Mr Godber, Ilfracombe Arts College
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• Great starter - could be a great way into any topic. Everyone enjoyed it!
• Kate Cooper, Rayleigh
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• This was a wonderful starter, the children were engaged in their learning and because they were trying so hard to remember the facts for the game didn't realise that they were remembering maths facts!!!
Would be nice to have topic specific games along the same lines too if possible!
• Dr L,
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• Great starter. My year 8 did really well and 19 remembered all the facts!
• Trnsum,
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• Another way to play this game is for pupils to work in pairs or small groups. Different strategies may come into play as the pupils decide how best to collaborate and discuss the facts they are trying to remember. You could even the Random Student Generator to put the pupils into groups (the group links at in the left panel of the Random Student Generator page).

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The phrases, in the order they disappeared, will be shown in the panel at the top of this page at the end of the game.

Note to teacher: 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 a button below to play another version of this game or play the same game again (the phrases will disappear in a different order)

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For many pupils the initial task of memorising ten items is far too difficult. You can make the game easier by removing some of the items with the blue button before you present the pupils with this activity.

The auto play feature removes phrases after a certain number of seconds (30 seconds by default). You can vary that time interval if it is not suitable for your class here:

Auto Play: Remove phrases every

Note that the first phrase is removed four seconds after pressing the auto play button despite the time interval set for the rest of the phrases above.

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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).

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

Transum.org/go/?Start=May11

Here is the URL which will take them to a student version of this activity.

Transum.org/go/?to=Kim

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