Starter of the Day

 ÷ Use 6, 7 and 8 to get as close as possible to a target of 9 6 7 8 Target9 ÷ Use 4, 5 and 6 to get as close as possible to a target of 14 4 5 6 Target14 ÷ Use 2, 3 and 5 to get as close as possible to a target of 7 2 3 5 Target7 ÷ Use 1, 3 and 5 to get as close as possible to a target of 9  1 3 5 Target9 ÷ Use 2, 3, 4 and 5 to get as close as possible to a target of 1 2 3 4 5 Target1

it is a challenge to get as close as possible to the target.

Teacher:Click on red squares for draggable number tiles.

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Topics: Starter | Arithmetic

• Mr Stoner, St George's College of Technology
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• This resource has made a great deal of difference to the standard of starters for all of our lessons. Thank you for being so creative and imaginative.
• G.Robinson, Leicestershire
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• I enjoyed this starter but it would be better if you could interact with it on the screen instead of using paper.

[Transum: Thanks for the suggestion, interaction has now been added. Click on the red squares above.]
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• Perhaps there should be more activities like this. In Mathematics lessons we are all used to, and find satisfaction in solving problems that have precise answers. Though this activity does have correct answers it is not quite so easy to know that you have got that answer. Most people won't go to the effort of 'proving' that there can be no better answer so a sense of understanding place value is relied upon.

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