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! Goat Grazing: Find the loci of the goat's position as it eats the grass while tethered to the rope. 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: A 'My first is in...' riddle that describes a geometrical shape. Can you construct it? 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 pencils can you make two equal sized squares? Wrapping Paper: Find the order of rotational symmetry of the repeating pattern.
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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. Shape Teacher Resources: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. Kite Maths: Can you make a kite shape from a single A4 size sheet of paper using only three folds? Optical Illusions: Don't let your brain be fooled by these geometric optical illusions in this online quiz. 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. Tangram Challenge: A series of tangram challenges in increasing order of difficulty. The Great Dodecahedron: Pupils are not allowed to use their hands to point but must describe fully any shapes they can see in this picture. 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 Builder: An interactive workspace in which to make shapes using square tiles with given areas and perimeters. Area Maze: Use your knowledge of rectangle areas to calculate the missing measurement of these composite diagrams. 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. 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. Congruent Triangles: Test your understanding of the criteria for congruence of triangles with this selfmarking quiz. Faces, Edges and Vertices: Calculate the number of faces, edges and vertices on 3D Shapes. Formulae Pairs: Find the matching pairs of diagrams and formulae for basic geometrical shapes. Fractal Mosaic: Follow the precise instructions to create the evergrowing fractal mosaic pattern. How Many Squares? 2: 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 eight pictures made up of geometrical shapes then sort them into order. Oblongs: Find the lengths of the sides of rectangles given their areas and perimeters. Online Logo: An online version of the Logo programming language. Optical Illusions: Don't let your brain be fooled by these geometric optical illusions in this online quiz. 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 People: Name the polygons and other geometrical shapes that make up the Polygon People. 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. 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. Similar Shapes: Questions about the scale factors of lengths, areas and volumes of similar shapes. 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. Without Lifting The Pencil: Can you draw these diagrams without lifting your pencil from the paper? This is an interactive version of the traditional puzzle. Xmas Ornaments: A hands on activity requiring students to arrange Christmas ornaments in a square box. Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world. Shape 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. 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. Rectangle 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: Drag the shapes onto the canvas to create tessellating patterns and investigate the laws of tessellations. Tetrominoes: A tetrominoe is a shape made of four squares joined edge to edge. How many different tetrominoes are there? Shape 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. Polygon Song: Learn the names of the basic polygons. The 50 Cent Riddle: A 50 cent coin has 12 equal sides. If you place two coins next to each other on a table, what is the angle formed between the two coins? Shape Worksheets/Printables:How Many Rectangles?: A worksheet containing many copies of the How Many Rectangles Starter diagram allowing students to record their findings. How Many Squares? 1: A printable grid containing many copies of the design used in the shape counting Starter. How Many Squares? 2: A printable grid containing many copies of the design used in the second shape counting Starter. How Many Squares? 3: A printable grid containing many copies of the design used in the third shape counting Starter. How Many Triangles? 1: A printable grid containing many copies of the design used in the shape counting Starter. Line Drawings: Six line drawings that may or may not be able to be traced without lifting the pencil or going over any line twice. Polybragging Cards: Printable cards for the Polybragging game. Use the properties of polygons to win. Polygons Page: A printable page of polygons for pupils to name and mark on important features. Shape External Links:Links to other websites containing resources for Shape are provided for those logged into 'Transum Mathematics'. 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