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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 Shape. 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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Shape 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 Ornaments: A Maths Starter activity requiring students to arrange Christmas ornaments in a square box.

Christmas Tables: Which of the two shapes has the largest area? You will be surprised!

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

How Many Rectangles?: How many rectangles can you find in this pattern? Can you come up with a systematic method for counting them all?

How Many Squares? 1: Work out how many squares are there altogether in the given pattern.

How Many Squares? 2: How many squares can be found by joining four dots on the grid?

How Many Triangles? 1: How many Triangles can you find in the diagram?

How Many Triangles? 2: How many triangles are hidden in the pattern? What strategy might you use to count them all to ensure you don't miss any out?

How Many Triangles? 3: Count the number of triangles in the given diagram.

Match Fish: A classic matchstick puzzle designed to challenge your spacial awareness.

Mathterpiece: Memorise a picture made up of geometrical shapes

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.

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.

Polygon Riddle 2: A "My first is in..." type riddle leading to a polygon interior angle calculation.

Polygon Riddle 3: Work out which mathematical shape the riddle describes.

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

Rows of Roses: Can you draw 4 straight lines, without taking your pencil off the paper, which pass through all 9 roses?

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.

Squared Animals: Separate three rows of three animals using three squares.

Two Squares: Using six matches can you make two equal sized squares?

Wrapping Paper: Find the order of rotational symmetry of the repeating pattern.

 

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Shunting Puzzles

These puzzles are Transum's versions of the shunting or switching puzzles made popular by train enthusiasts and logic puzzle solvers.

 

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Notes:

This topic is aimed at the learners of basic geometry, which is the study of size, shape and position. More than other areas of mathematics this topic helps pupils to learn about the definitions and properties of basic shapes.

There are many activities provided ranging from simple shape naming games to applying more advanced formulas and theorems. The most popular activities however are those involving pupils to count the number of triangles or rectangles in patterns and come up with effective strategies and justifications for their answers.

The work pupils produce for this topic can make very good display material. The use of colour can enhance the diagrams and make the learning environment more conducive to study. There are many connections between the mathematics of shape and Art. There are fascinating works of art based on symmetry, tessellations and transformations.

Shape Teacher Resources:

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: Match the shapes to the names of the polygons.

Shape Activities:

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

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

Area of a Triangle: Calculate the areas of the given triangles in this self marking quiz.

Areas of Composite Shapes: Find the areas of combined (composite) shapes made up of one or more simple polygons and circles.

Faces, Edges and Vertices: Calculate the number of faces, edges and vertices on 3D Shapes.

How Many Squares?: How many different sets of four dots can be joined to form a square?

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

Mathterpieces: Memorise 8 pictures made up of geometrical shapes.

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

Online Logo: An online version of the Logo programming language.

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

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

Polygons: Match the shapes to the names of the polygons.

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

Shapes In The Stars: Join up the stars to find the hidden regular polygons.

Sheep Herding: Arrange the sheep in the field according to the instructions. An introduction to loci.

Tangram Table: Use the pieces of the tangram puzzle to make the basic shapes then complete the table showing which shapes are possible.

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

Xmas Ornaments: A hands on activity requiring students to arrange Christmas ornaments in a square box.

Finally there's Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

Shape 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?

How Many Sides?: How many different polygons can you make on a 3 by 3 pin board? What about larger pin boards?

Hula Hoops: If a number of Hula Hoops are dropped on the floor, what is the maximum number of regions they might form?

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.

Rectangles Perimeters: The perimeter of a rectangle is 28cm. What could its area be?

Rod Triangles: Using 12 rods of varying lengths how many different triangles can you make?

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

Tessellations: Which polygons tessellate? Which pentominoes tessellate? Drag the shapes onto the canvas to create tessellating patterns and investigate the laws of tessellations.

Shape Videos:

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.

Polygon Song: Learn the names of the basic polygons.

Shape External Links:

Links to other websites containing resources for Shape are provided for teachers logged into 'Class Admin'. Subscribing to this service also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel.

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