It is very cold at the North Pole, so cold that your brain could stop working.

Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 14 times table.

How far can you get in five minutes?

North Pole
14 miles

Try this activity again when you are feeling cold. Can you get as far in five minutes?

## A Chilling Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Tables | Xmas

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• Primary 6 & Mrs Thom, Netherlee PS
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• In five minutes, our primary 6 class managed to get the first 16 stations correct. We felt that it was tricky but a lot of fun. Some were frustrated that if they got one answer wrong then every other answer was also wrong.

We really enjoyed today's challenge!
• Matthew, 3D, Craigslea State School
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• I got up to the 29th station in 5 minutes.
It was fun!
• Katee Wheeler, ------
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• This starter has some potential and is very helpful and interesting for developing Mathematical skills.
• Debbie, Guernsey
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• Very absorbing activity! One of my Y5s managed up to 49 x 44 in 5 minutes.

[Transum: If you are reading this comment and wondering why it refers to the 44 times table while you have been presented with another times table it is because a different number appears every time this page is loaded.]
• Transum,
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• Yes, the cold can really affect your brain in a negative way. Perhaps a chilly day where you live wonâ€™t make a big difference but for really cold environments there have been studies which have found that mental changes (reflecting a cooling brain) are the first sign of hypothermia. The tell-tale signs include becoming withdrawn, slower movements, poor coordination, hallucinations, slurred speech, poor memory and eventually loss of consciousness.

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Here is the URL which will take them to a game that will help them practise the 14 times table.

Transum.org/go/TD/?T=14

Here is the URL which will take them to the most popular multiplication tables app.

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## Extension

Are you a morning person?

Try the Time Of Day Test

Count down from 1000 in steps of 7 trying to get as far as possible in five minutes.

Do this task in the morning then repeat it in the evening. Which time of the day were you able to do best?

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