Mental Mondays #12

mental and oral mathsThis mental and oral starter is a quick way to display a range of calculations.

Like our other mental and oral starter ideas this is easy to adapt to suit the needs and abilities of a range of children.

The idea here consists of a coloured number grid and a series of questions. We have attached a PowerPoint file with a selection of grids.

You display one such gird, like this:

mental and oral number questions

...and challenge the children to respond to the questions as quickly as possible.

The main feature here, of course, is the flexibility. Using the coloured cells as indicators it is easy to create one-off questions. In the example presentation we stuck to addition and multiplication, but there is no end to the complexities that you (or the children) can generate.

The PowerPoint includes seven 'template' slides starting with numbers which total 10, and moving on to pairs of numbers which give a product of 24.


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karenwellsuk's picture

Brilliant resource! Will be

Brilliant resource! Will be extremely handy for mental/oral starters to get their brains working.
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gayleholmes's picture

can someone tell me how to

can someone tell me how to save this pleasea? I LOVE it, but it wont let me save it!! thanks! gayle
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MadaboutMaths
johdu's picture

You may need to 'Enable

You may need to 'Enable Editing' if the yellow bar appears at the top of the screen when you open the file in PowerPoint - it's a PPT security thing.

I hope this helps.

John

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Alex1974's picture

This looks so simple - I

This looks so simple - I can't wait to use it in my lesson tomorrow. So excited - think my children will be too - especially my cleverclogs. Many thanks.
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PrimaryMum
cwatkins's picture

A really useful idea, and

A really useful idea, and easy to adapt and edit for older and more able children
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kathynz's picture

 What a fantastic warm

 What a fantastic warm up/starter activity. I will be trying this out on Monday. Well done mathstix. 
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kha16460's picture

What a fantastic flexible

What a fantastic flexible resource that can be used in a variety of ways. Thank you.
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porker's picture

 What a lovely resource - so

 What a lovely resource - so simple yet so versatile! I can see lots of uses for this in my mental/oral starters, including using it for Babble Gabble and finding out what ideas the children come up with. Thank you.  
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The first word that came into

The first word that came into my head when I saw this was "Cool!". Always know if I am excited by a resource then the children will be enthused. Once again the strength lies in the simplicity - questions can be targetted at specific children, stretching them individually. Also perfect for practising maths vocabulary, how many times I hear "What's a factor? A square root?" etc. This is going to be so useful, thankyou!
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johdu's picture

Thank you for a detailed and

Thank you for a detailed and very positive comment - always good to hear that these resources are proving to be so useful.
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harleyted's picture

 I will be teaching year 2

 I will be teaching year 2 next year, this looks like a great resource for them to work on independently when they arrive in the morning.  
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Sandi21's picture

So simple but so effective.

So simple but so effective. This offers a huge range of possibilities - why didn't I think of this myself? Glad I found your website!
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Although I registered for the

Although I registered for the site more than a year ago I forgot all about it until I received an email lately and decided to take a look! Can see lots of possibilities for my maths lessons and now can't wait to start! Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to download the powerpoint so I won't be able to use it tomorrow! Suggestions of where I might be going wrong please!
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johdu's picture

Glad to have you back...

Glad to have you back... shame you've been away so long! 

I'm not sure what the issue with the ppt is. I've just tested it and it's working okay. It is a office 2007 version (.pptx) though - could that be an issue? If it is I will upload an older version.

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Thanks for getting back to

Thanks for getting back to me! Think the problem is the version - too modern for our school! However opened it at home and saved it as an older version so fingers crossed!
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johdu's picture

Good to hear it worked out

Good to hear it worked out okay in the end. Thanks for replying.
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yoyo123's picture

 I like this, especially the

 I like this, especially the flexibilty., Can also get  children to make up their own questions using teh numbers.    perfect for those moments when I am called on at short notice to do supply    
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thurman123's picture

 Many thanks. I will use this

 Many thanks. I will use this as a starter for my year 2's, although I willl add simpler questions for my lowers.
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forevertexan73's picture

I am going to use this

I am going to use this today!  I am excited!  Thanks for this teaching resource.
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Thanks for doing the hard

Thanks for doing the hard work. I will definitely use this with my second and third graders (7 and 8 year olds)
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