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The Number 47

Write down many different types
of calculations which give the answer 47.

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Did you know 47 is ?

Topics: Starter | Arithmetic

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  • A very simple but open-ended idea for starting your Mathematics lesson which will encourage everyone to use their thinking skills right from the beginning. It is also a great quick assessment activity. You could use this starter the first time you meet a new class to get a speedy idea of the pupils' abilities. Look for whether their calculations contain only simple operations such as addition and subtraction or are they being creative with more sophisticated mathematics.

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

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