Six times four is twenty four.

Six times four is twenty four.

You don't usually square a number by multiplying it by 2!

You don't usually square a number by multiplying it by 2!

Euler was a great Mathematician.

Euler was a great Mathematician.

55-33=22

55-33=22

Half a kilogram is 500g.

Half a kilogram is 500g.

Three times two point five is seven point five.

Three times two point five is seven point five.

Subtract the smallest from the largest value to get the range.

Subtract the smallest from the largest value to get the range.

There are 12 inches in a foot.

There are 12 inches in a foot.

A scalene triangle has no symmetry.

A scalene triangle has no symmetry.

99 is the largest two digit number.

99 is the largest two digit number.

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).

• 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).

How did you use this starter? Can you suggest how teachers could present or develop this resource? Do you have any comments? It is always useful to receive feedback and helps make this free resource even more useful for Maths teachers anywhere in the world.

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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)

 Basic Shapes Fancy Shapes Circle Parts Angle Theorems Fractions

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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Here is the URL which will take them to another activity based on memory.

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