Double these numbers and write down the answers in the back of your book:

 5 6 8 12 14 19 22 31 41 49 66 71 416 581 885 1471 1536 2130 5.3 0.44 0.079 0.0039 0.0008 -77.48

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• Excellent warm-up when you don't allow paper. How far can they go mentally...that's how I used it.
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