## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• Elisa Henson, Kent
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• I used this as a starter to recap proportion with a Year 6 lower to middle ability class. It also allowed me to link with percentages. Very useful starter.
• N Cox, Ipswich
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• Starters like this one, where refreshing the page gives us a new problem of the same type, are brilliant! More pupils can be drawn into the starter when there is more than one opportunity to complete the question type.
• Mr. D Morgan, Cwmtawe Community School
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• I love this starter but I think it would better to use items that start with different latters so that pupils can put them down in their books easily using the first letter of each. I also think that the colours are too close together and need to be changed.
• Awesome Year 7 Class, Us
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• We love Maths and really enjoyed this. We totally nailed this starter.
• Sarah, Romsey
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• Hi, The pie chart does not seem to be working - I can't see it. Is it the set up on my computer?

[Transum: Sorry Sarah, there was a problem but it is fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience.]
• Mr Wood, Dulwich College Beijing
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• Brian at Dulwich College Beijing thought it was
Chocolate 11
Chapatis 15
Chops 10
Cherries 4
Chips 3
Cheese 2
Equals 45.
• Transum,
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• I hope the 'Ch' words are still amusing your students! This is just a reminder that if you refresh this page the pie chart sector sizes change to randomly generated values. This might help if you were wondering why you didn't get the same answers as mentioned in the comment above!
• Unknown Source,
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7 children chose chocolate

6 children chose cheese

9 children chose cherries

5 children chose chips

2 children chose chops

11 children chose chapatis

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 the button above to regenerate another version of this starter from random numbers.

Alternatively you may wish to present your class with a pie chart of data that is more meaningful to them. In that case use the Pie Chart Creator to quickly produce a large customised pie chart.

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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).

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Here is the URL which will take them to a pie chart exercise.

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