Area Starters:Area Two: How many different shapes with an area of 2 square units can you make by joining dots on this grid with straight lines? Bizarre Triangle: By how much would the area of this triangle increase if its base was enlarged to 8cm? Christmas Tables: Which of the two shapes has the largest area? You will be surprised! Missing Square Puzzle: The missing square puzzle is an optical illusion used to help students reason about geometrical figures. Oblongs: Find the dimensions of a rectangle given the perimeter and area. Quads: Calculate the areas of all the possible quadrilaterals that can be constructed by joining together dots on this grid.
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Notes:See also the topic called Mensuration.
Pupils should not only be able to apply area formulae but they should also have a good understanding of what area means. This can be achieved by beginning the study of area with plenty of practical examples. The Pin Board provides an openended interactive experimental activity to secure a good fundamental understanding of area. Area Teacher Resources:Pin Board: Rows and columns of dots that can be joined using straight lines to create shapes. Area Activities:Area Builder: An interactive workspace in which to make shapes using square tiles with given areas and perimeters. Area of a Trapezium: Check that you can find the area of a trapezium and use the trapezium area formula for problem solving. Area of a Triangle: Calculate the areas of the given triangles in this self marking quiz. Area Two: How many different shapes with an area of 2 square units can you make by joining dots on this grid with straight lines? Areas of Composite Shapes: Find the areas of combined (composite) shapes made up of one or more simple polygons and circles. Circles: Practise using pi to calculate various circle measurements. There are six levels of difficulty. Formulae Pairs: Find the matching pairs of diagrams and formulae for basic geometrical shapes. Oblongs: Find the lengths of the sides of rectangles given their areas and perimeters. Quad Areas: Calculate the areas of all the possible quadrilaterals that can be constructed by joining together dots on this grid. Similar Shapes: Questions about the scale factors of lengths, areas and volumes of similar shapes. Surface Area: Work out the surface areas of the given solid shapes. Area Investigations:Area Builder: An interactive workspace in which to make shapes using square tiles with given areas and perimeters. Area shapes: Investigate polygons with an area of 4 square units. This is your starting point, you can decide how to proceed. Perhaps squared paper or an online pinboard may help. Pin Board: Rows and columns of dots that can be joined using straight lines to create shapes. Polygon Areas: Investigate polygons with an area of 4 sq. units. Investigate polygons with other areas. Rectangle Perimeters: The perimeter of a rectangle is 28cm. What could its area be? Area Videos:Area and Perimeter: Video based on C grade level descriptors for GCSE Maths area and perimeter of composite shapes. Circle Facts Song: A free trial lesson from Math Upgrade dot com. Circle Song: This song helps students remember circle terminology (radius & diameter) and the formulas for area and circumference. Parallelogram: Instructional video showing how the area of a parallelogram can be determined. The Infinite Chocolate Bar: A visual riddle! Can you explain? Area External Links:Links to other websites containing resources for Area are provided for those logged into 'Transum Mathematics'. Subscribing also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel. You can sign up using one of the buttons below: SearchThe activity you are looking for may have been classified in a different way from the way you were expecting. You can search the whole of Transum Maths by using the box below.
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