Shapes In The StarsFind the mathematical shapes by joining up the stars. They are all regular polygons. 
Find two squares

Find a triangle and a square

Find two triangles and a square

Find a triangle and two squares

Find a pentagon and a triangle

Find a pentagon and a square

Find a hexagon and a triangle

Find a hexagon and a pentagon



Transum.orgThis web site contains over a thousand free mathematical activities for teachers and pupils. Click here to go to the main page which links to all of the resources available. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or questions. 
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Numeracy"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables." Secondary National Strategy, Mathematics at key stage 3 

Go MathsLearning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school. TeachersIf you found this activity useful don't forget to record it in your scheme of work or learning management system. The short URL, ready to be copied and pasted, is as follows: 

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Sam Hadwen,
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
"I was wondering if you may be able to help. I was wondering if there was a particular name for the Shapes in The Stars puzzles on your site? I once had a book full of them but that has subsequently gone missing and can't for the life of me remember the name.
Any help is much appreciated."
Transum,
Thursday, May 24, 2018
"Hello Sam. I don't know if there is a special name for these Shapes In The Stars. The idea came to me from a Maths teaching colleague at Valley Park School, Wolverhampton back in the eighties. He had produced a hand drawn set of these puzzles and duplicated them using the old Banda spirit duplicating machine. Quite recently I have become aware of a Japanese puzzle based on a similar idea called Zukei. I hope that helps."