Divide each of these numbers by eleven in your head.
Convert each of your answers to a letter and make a word (A=1, B=2 etc).
Also add up all of your answers and multiply the sum by eleven in your head.
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z 
1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26 
Topics: Starter  Arithmetic  Mental Methods
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2. It might be necessary to do the Eleven In Your Head activity first (the link is can also be found further down this page) before pupils are able to see the patterns and appreciate the place value significance.
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