It is very cold at the North Pole, so cold that your brain could stop working.

Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 66 times table.

How far can you get in five minutes?

North Pole
66 miles

Try this activity again when you are feeling cold. Can you get as far in five minutes?

## A Chilling Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• Primary 6 & Mrs Thom, Netherlee PS
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• In five minutes, our primary 6 class managed to get the first 16 stations correct. We felt that it was tricky but a lot of fun. Some were frustrated that if they got one answer wrong then every other answer was also wrong.

We really enjoyed today's challenge!
• Matthew, 3D, Craigslea State School
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• I got up to the 29th station in 5 minutes.
It was fun!
• Katee Wheeler, ------
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• This starter has some potential and is very helpful and interesting for developing Mathematical skills.
• Debbie, Guernsey
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• Very absorbing activity! One of my Y5s managed up to 49 x 44 in 5 minutes.

[Transum: If are reading this comment and wondering why it refers to the 44 times table while you have been presented with another times table it is because a different number appears every time this page is loaded.]
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• Yes, the cold can really affect your brain in a negative way. Perhaps a chilly day where you live wonâ€™t make a big difference but for really cold environments there have been studies which have found that mental changes (reflecting a cooling brain) are the first sign of hypothermia. The tell-tale signs include becoming withdrawn, slower movements, poor coordination, hallucinations, slurred speech, poor memory and eventually loss of consciousness.

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1 x 66 = 66
2 x 66 = 132
3 x 66 = 198
4 x 66 = 264
5 x 66 = 330
6 x 66 = 396
7 x 66 = 462
8 x 66 = 528
9 x 66 = 594
10 x 66 = 660
11 x 66 = 726
12 x 66 = 792
13 x 66 = 858
14 x 66 = 924
15 x 66 = 990
16 x 66 = 1056
17 x 66 = 1122
18 x 66 = 1188
19 x 66 = 1254
20 x 66 = 1320
21 x 66 = 1386
22 x 66 = 1452
23 x 66 = 1518
24 x 66 = 1584
25 x 66 = 1650
26 x 66 = 1716
27 x 66 = 1782
28 x 66 = 1848
29 x 66 = 1914
30 x 66 = 1980
31 x 66 = 2046
32 x 66 = 2112
33 x 66 = 2178
34 x 66 = 2244
35 x 66 = 2310
36 x 66 = 2376
37 x 66 = 2442
38 x 66 = 2508
39 x 66 = 2574
40 x 66 = 2640
41 x 66 = 2706
42 x 66 = 2772
43 x 66 = 2838
44 x 66 = 2904
45 x 66 = 2970
46 x 66 = 3036
47 x 66 = 3102
48 x 66 = 3168
49 x 66 = 3234
50 x 66 = 3300
51 x 66 = 3366
52 x 66 = 3432
53 x 66 = 3498
54 x 66 = 3564
55 x 66 = 3630
56 x 66 = 3696
57 x 66 = 3762
58 x 66 = 3828
59 x 66 = 3894
60 x 66 = 3960
61 x 66 = 4026
62 x 66 = 4092
63 x 66 = 4158
64 x 66 = 4224
65 x 66 = 4290
66 x 66 = 4356
67 x 66 = 4422
68 x 66 = 4488
69 x 66 = 4554
70 x 66 = 4620
71 x 66 = 4686
72 x 66 = 4752
73 x 66 = 4818
74 x 66 = 4884
75 x 66 = 4950
76 x 66 = 5016
77 x 66 = 5082
78 x 66 = 5148
79 x 66 = 5214
80 x 66 = 5280
81 x 66 = 5346
82 x 66 = 5412
83 x 66 = 5478
84 x 66 = 5544
85 x 66 = 5610
86 x 66 = 5676
87 x 66 = 5742
88 x 66 = 5808
89 x 66 = 5874
90 x 66 = 5940
91 x 66 = 6006
92 x 66 = 6072
93 x 66 = 6138
94 x 66 = 6204
95 x 66 = 6270
96 x 66 = 6336
97 x 66 = 6402
98 x 66 = 6468
99 x 66 = 6534
100 x 66 = 6600

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