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There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Geometry. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Geometry Starters:

Angle Estimates: Estimate the sizes of each of the angles then add your estimates together.

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!

Cross Perimeter: Calculate the distance around the given shape

Dice Reflections: A dice is reflected in two mirrors. What numbers can be seen?

Hexagon: On a full page in the back of your exercise book draw a perfectly regular hexagon.

Mathterpiece: Memorise a picture made up of geometrical shapes

Oblongs: Find the dimensions of a rectangle given the perimeter and area.

Pentagon: On a full page in the back of your exercise book draw a perfectly regular pentagon.

Polygon Riddle 1: Solve the riddle to find the name of the polygon then sum the interior angles.

Quads: Calculate the areas of all the possible quadrilaterals that can be constructed by joining together dots on this grid.

Reflective Cat: On squared paper copy the drawing of the face then reflect it in three different lines.

Rotational Symmetry: Draw a pattern with rotational symmetry of order 6 but no line symmetry.

Sectors: Work out which sectors fit together to make complete circles. Knowledge of the sum of the angles at a point will help find more than one correct solution to this puzzle.

Square Angles: Find a trapezium, a triangle and a quadrilateral where all of the angles are square numbers.

Square Circle Kite: Write down the names of all the mathematical shapes you know.

Stair Perimeter: Use the information implied in the diagram to calculate the perimeter of this shape

Step Perimeter: Is it possible to work out the perimeter of this shape if the lengths of all the sides are not given?

 

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Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by S Mirza, Park High School, Colne:

"Very good starters, help pupils settle very well in maths classroom."

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"We all love your starters. It is so good to have such a collection. We use them for all age groups and abilities. Have particularly enjoyed KIM's game, as we have not used that for Mathematics before. Keep up the good work and thank you very much
Best wishes from Inger Kisby"

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"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!
Thanks"

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"Really good site. Lots of good ideas for starters. Use it most of the time in KS3."

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"A really useful set of resources - thanks. Is the collection available on CD? Are solutions available?"

Comment recorded on the 12 July 'Starter of the Day' page by Miss J Key, Farlingaye High School, Suffolk:

"Thanks very much for this one. We developed it into a whole lesson and I borrowed some hats from the drama department to add to the fun!"

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"We recently had an afternoon on accelerated learning.This linked really well and prompted a discussion about learning styles and short term memory."

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"Love using the Starter of the Day activities to get the students into Maths mode at the beginning of a lesson. Lots of interesting discussions and questions have arisen out of the activities.
Thanks for such a great resource!"

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"I have used your starters for 3 years now and would not have a lesson without one! Fantastic way to engage the pupils at the start of a lesson."

Comment recorded on the 23 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Judy, Chatsmore CHS:

"This triangle starter is excellent. I have used it with all of my ks3 and ks4 classes and they are all totally focused when counting the triangles."

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"I am an NQT and have only just discovered this website. I nearly wet my pants with joy.
To the creator of this website and all of those teachers who have contributed to it, I would like to say a big THANK YOU!!! :)."

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"I think these are great! So useful and handy, the children love them.
Could we have some on angles too please?"

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"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

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"I think that having a starter of the day helps improve maths in general. My pupils say they love them!!!"

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"A Maths colleague introduced me to your web site and I love to use it. The questions are so varied I can use them with all of my classes, I even let year 13 have a go at some of them. I like being able to access the whole month so I can use favourites with classes I see at different times of the week. Thanks."

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"This resource has made a great deal of difference to the standard of starters for all of our lessons. Thank you for being so creative and imaginative."

Notes:

Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. Geometry arose independently in a number of early cultures as a body of practical knowledge concerning lengths, areas, and volumes, with elements of a formal mathematical science emerging in the West as early 6th Century BC.

See also the topics of Angles, Area, Bearings, Circles, Enlargements, Mensuration, Pythagoras, Shape, Shape (3D), Symmetry, Transformations and Trigonometry.

Geometry Teacher Resources:

Angle Theorems: Diagrams of the angle theorems with interactive examples.

Circle Parts Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class revise the names for the parts of a circle.

Circle Theorems: Diagrams of the circle theorems to be projected onto a white board as an effective visual aid.

Kite Maths: Can you make a kite shape from a single A4 size sheet of paper using only three folds?

Pin Board: Rows and columns of dots that can be joined using straight lines to create shapes.

Polygons: Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.

Geometry Activities:

Angle Parallels: Understand and use the relationship between parallel lines and alternate and corresponding angles.

Angle Points: Apply the properties of angles at a point, angles on a straight line and vertically opposite angles.

Angles in a Triangle: A self marking exercise involving calculating the unknown angle in a triangle.

Area Maze: Use your knowledge of rectangle areas to calculate the missing measurement of these composite diagrams.

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.

Circle Theorems Exercise: Show that you understand the circle theorems with this self marking exercise.

Congruent Triangles: Test your understanding of the criteria for congruence of triangles with this self-marking quiz.

Estimating Angles: Estimate the size of the given acute angles in degrees.

Formulae Pairs: Find the matching pairs of diagrams and formulae for basic geometrical shapes.

How Many Triangles?: A self marking step by step approach to calculating the number of triangles in a design.

Measuring Units: Check your knowledge of the units used for measuring with this multiple choice quiz about metric and imperial units.

Oblongs: Find the lengths of the sides of rectangles given their areas and perimeters.

Polybragging: The Transum version of the Top Trumps game played online with the properties of polygons.

Polygon Angles: A mixture of problems related to calculating the angles in polygons.

Polygon Pieces: Arrange the nine pieces of the puzzle on the grid to make the given polygon.

Polygon Properties: Connect the names of the polygons with all of their properties.

Polygons: Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.

Proof of Circle Theorems: Arrange the stages of the proofs for the standard circle theorems in the correct order.

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.

Tantrum: A game, a puzzle and a challenge involving counters being placed at the corners of a square on a grid.

Transformations: Draw transformations online and have them instantly checked. Includes reflections, translations, rotations and enlargements.

Vectors: An online exercise on addition and subtraction of vectors, multiplication of vectors by a scalar, and diagrammatic representations of vectors.

Volume: Work out the volumes of the given solid shapes.

Geometry Investigations:

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.

How Many Rectangles?: Investigate the number of rectangles on a grid of squares. What strategies will be useful in coming up with the answer?

Maxvoltray: Find the maximum volume of a tray made from an A4 sheet of paper. A practical mathematical investigation.

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?

Tantrum: A game, a puzzle and a challenge involving counters being placed at the corners of a square on a grid.

Tessellations: Drag the shapes onto the canvas to create tessellating patterns and investigate the laws of tessellations.

Geometry Videos:

Circle Song: This song helps students remember circle terminology (radius & diameter) and the formulas for area and circumference.

Construct a congruent triangle: Construction (with compass and straight edge) of a triangle congruent to a given triangle.

Different types of Triangle: Euclid and his friends explain how many different kinds of triangle there are.

Parallelogram: Instructional video showing how the area of a parallelogram can be determined.

Geometry Worksheets/Printables:

Polybragging Cards: Printable cards for the Polybragging game. Use the properties of polygons to win.

Geometry External Links:

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