The Story of 15

A Maths Starter Of The Day

The number fifteen

In the back of your exercise book, on a whole page, draw a large number fifteen. Around your drawing write down as many facts as you can think of about the number fifteen.


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Topics: Starter | Creativity | Number

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This is an opportunity for students to be creative. After the obvious facts, which properties of the number fifteen do the students know?

The following information is from Richard Phillips


The following information is from Wikipedia

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