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

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.

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

 

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Polygon Pieces

Polygon Pieces

Arrange the nine pieces of the puzzle on the grid to make the given polygon. Level one is for those learning the names of shapes while other levels are for those who like a challenge!

 

Curriculum for Area:

Year 5

Pupils should be taught to calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of irregular shapes more...

Year 6

Pupils should be taught to recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa more...

Pupils should be taught to recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles more...

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to derive and apply formulae to calculate and solve problems involving: perimeter and area of triangles, parallelograms, trapezia, volume of cuboids (including cubes) and other prisms (including cylinders) more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate and solve problems involving: perimeters of 2-D shapes (including circles), areas of circles and composite shapes more...

Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to {know and apply Area =  ½ ab sin C to calculate the area, sides or angles of any triangle} more...

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Notes:

See also the topic called Mensuration. Pupils should not only be able to apply area formulae but they should also have a good understanding of what area means. This can be achieved by beginning the study of area with plenty of practical examples. The Pin Board provides an open-ended interactive experimental activity to secure a good fundamental understanding of area.

Though many examinations now provide formulae sheets it is still important that pupils know the common formulas for finding the areas of basic shapes. They should use these formulae in context to find areas of basic and compound shapes and be able to give answers using appropriate units.

Pupils will also learn to find the surface areas of three dimensional shapes, use scale to determine areas from maps and solve real world problems involving areas.

Area Teacher Resources:

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

Area Activities:

Area and Perimeter: Show that you know the area and perimeter formulas of basic shapes.

Area and Perimeter of a Rectangle: Questions on the areas and perimeters of rectangles which will test your problem solving abilities.

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.

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?

Area Wall Puzzles: Divide the grid into rectangular pieces so that the area of each piece is the same as the number it contains.

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.

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

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.

Area 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.

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?

Area Videos:

Area and Perimeter: Area and perimeter of composite shapes video for GCSE Maths.

Circle Facts Song: A free trial lesson from Math Upgrade dot com.

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.

The Infinite Chocolate Bar: A visual riddle! Can you explain?

Area External Links:

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