## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

In the back of your exercise books write down the answers to the calculations below. Do not use a calculator. When you have finished add all of your answers together

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• Julie Reakes, The English College, Dubai
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• I love this kind of starter as it ensures complete accuracy.
• Jules Higham, IMS
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• This is great for my students for begginings of the lessons and to get there brains in gear!
• Chris Smith, Bushenyi Primary Teachers' College, Uganda
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• This was rather "so what" for my teacher trainee students, but... we saw a good way to encourage both speed and accuracy, only one answer to mark, so designed a similar starter, eight questions, various operations, and the final sum was 12,345. It could have been the date or 22222 or... Tried it with a Primary 5 class this afternoon and it worked very well. Certainly I will recommend this for school practice next term. It is very flexible, any question giving a numerical answer. (Commas in large numbers are accepted here, currency has lots of zeros.).

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