# The Story of 13

## A Maths Starter Of The Day

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

Topics: Starter | Creativity | Number

• 6 A , St Catherines
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• This was easy once we got the idea!
• Best Maths Class Ever 8CD/M2, King Alfred's College OXON
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• This starter was easy but to get better answers you have to stretch your imagination. My friends Danny and Smudger got about 50 answers each.
• Hughes, Ysgol Craig Y Don
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• Brilliant starter!
• Transum,
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• A very open ended starter suitable for students of any age. If your class are slow to get started you may like to suggest some of the ideas presented lower down this page. If this starter really captures the imagination of students it can be extended to produce classroom display material. Use colours and a little artistic input to produce an eye-catching poster. Please send any interesting examples to Transum at the address below.

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