Square, Circle, Kite

How many mathematical shapes do you know?

Write down the names of them in the back of your exercise book

Underline the names of the regular shapes

Shapes

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


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Topics: Starter | Circles | Geometry | Shape | Vocabulary

  • B Wells, Barley Lane School EXETER
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  • Dart (a concave kite; used in Penrose Tilings).
  • Sean Monaghan, Colaiste Iognaid
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  • Semi circle.
  • Frankie, St Andrews
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  • Cylinder.
  • Tom, St Andrews
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  • Oval.
  • Mr Freestone, Judgemeadow Community College, Leicester
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  • Hendacagon - 11-sided shape.
  • Adeel Salam, St John's School Northwood
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  • A pyramid.
  • Transum,
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  • If instead of just the names of the shapes pupils drew small diagrams of the shapes, each on a separate small piece of paper, then the activity can be extended to sort the shapes in many different ways. The shapes could then be sorted using a Venn diagram or table. Shapes could be grouped together according to their order of rotational symmetry, number of lines of symmetry, parallel lines, equal lines or angles.

    If pupils have access to computers here are some interactive activities that go well with this Starter. Polygon Properties, Formulae Pairs, Quad Areas, Shapes in The Stars and Tangram Table. There are many more ideas on our Shapes page.
  • 8W3, Market Harborough
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  • Delta / Arrowhead.

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Which shapes are pupils probably not going to remember? Let us know here.

There is a printable page of shapes to go with this activity. Pupils can write on the page to name the shapes and show their properties such as parallel lines, lines of symmetry and equal angles.

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers?
Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons?

Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

Laptops In Lessons

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Here is the URL which will take them to a related student activity.

Transum.org/go/?to=kite

Student Activity

Extension

Do your students know how to make a database?
How about a shapes database?
Query the database about the properties of the shapes.

 


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