Peanuts and Buttons

A Maths Starter Of The Day

Jar of peanuts

1. Estimate the number of peanuts in this jar.

2. A box contains some buttons. Four people estimate the number of buttons in the box. Their estimates were 166, 134, 151 and 133.

One of the estimates was fifteen out, one was fourteen out, one was eighteen out and the other estimate was three out.

How many buttons were in the box?


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Topics: Starter | Estimating | Problem Solving

  • 8th Grade Class , Waverly Jr High
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  • You should not use and in writing numbers. And stands for the decimal point.
  • H Stockwell, Freebrough Specialist Engineering College
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  • As a GCSE examiner I can assure you "and" does not stand for decimal point, "point" stands for decimal point.
  • The Best Maths Class Ever 8cd/m2, King Alfreds Wantage
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  • We found this starter very very easy, but it was also very fun. Its a good start for the leason ahead,most of us got all four right.
  • Andrew, Vietnam
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  • Please never use 'and' for the decimal point. It's not true!!!!!
    You say three point 6 seconds. (3.6s) not three 'and' 6 seconds. That doesn't even make sense!!!!!
  • AW, Worldly Knowledge
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  • Definitely say point for point, not and. Please.
  • Transum,
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  • There was a similar discussion about the word 'and' on the 7th October Starter. It does remind us that there are different ways of writing mathematics around the world.
  • Belinda, Canada
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  • When I teach, I use the word "and" to denote the decimal. But I would SAY the word as 3 and 6 tenths. I only do this when teaching students about decimals and place value. It's important that they know what it means. Then we can go to 3 point 6.

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