A Maths Starter of The Day

Alex and Gabriella collect sea shells. Alex began a holiday with 606 shells and Gabriella began with 30 shells.

Each day of the holiday Alex found 22 shells and Gabriella found 58 shells on the beach. By the end of the holidays they had the same number of shells in total.

How long was the holiday?

Topics: Starter | Algebra | Problem Solving | Sequences

• The Best Maths Class Ever 7cd/M2, King Alfred's College Oxfordshire
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• I felt that there was a good use of algebra in this starter. Most of the people in our class did not understand this starter. But the majority of us got there in the end.
• Mr Bell, Holryrood
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• We here at holyrood thought it was cool fun but a few thought that it could be better if it was more challenging as the pupils enjoy this type of puzzle.
• Best Maths Class In The Universe, Dulwich College Beijing
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• My Year 4 class enjoyed solving this puzzle! We got the correct solution! Well done David and Scott for working it out in super fast time!
• Transum,
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• It is interesting that this starter has been enjoyed by pupils of different ages finding the answer in a way that is supported by their current level of mathematical understanding. This problem can be solved in many different ways including using a spreadsheet to generate the two number sequences. Don't forget to rethe page to get a different of numbers.
• Professor Leonard, Austentach, Germany
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• My class found this vey fun indeed, it was not very challenging and I hoped for a more complicated challenge next time. Well done to Benjamin for figuring this one out in lightning quick time.

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