Mensuration 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? Christmas Tables: Which of the two shapes has the largest area? You will be surprised! Cross Perimeter: Calculate the distance around the given shape Goat Grazing: Find the loci of the goat's position as it eats the grass while tethered to the rope. 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. Shopping List: A quick quiz about five items on a shopping list written 40 years ago. Stair Perimeter: Use the information implied in the diagram to calculate the perimeter of this shape Step Perimeter: Is it possible to work out the perimeter of this shape if the lengths of all the sides are not given?
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Notes:Mensuration is the branch of Mathematics dealing with measurement of angles, length, area, and volume. It is linked closely to the topic of Estimation and related to the topics of Angles, Shape and Shave (3D). Mensuration Teacher Resources:Memorable Measures: This is a visual aid and printable cards to introduce a homework activity about measures. Pin Board: Rows and columns of dots that can be joined using straight lines to create shapes. Mensuration Activities:Area Builder: An interactive workspace in which to make shapes using square tiles with given areas and perimeters. 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? Areas of Composite Shapes: Find the areas of combined (composite) shapes made up of one or more simple polygons and circles. Compound Units: Practise using compound units such as speed, unit pricing and density to solve problems. Converting Standard Units: Converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from one unit of measure to another. Formulae Pairs: Find the matching pairs of diagrams and formulae for basic geometrical shapes. Imperial Units Pairs: Find the matching pairs of equivalent imperial units in this interactive online game. Inequalities: Check that you know what inequality signs mean and how they are used to compare two quantities. Includes negative numbers, decimals, fractions and metric measures. Measuring Angles: Measure the size of the given angles to within two degrees of their actual value. Measuring Units: Check your knowledge of the units used for measuring with this multiple choice quiz about metric and imperial units. Metric Units Pairs: Find the matching pairs of equivalent metric units in this interactive online game. Mileometer: Practice converting between miles and kilometres with this self marking quiz. Oblongs: Find the lengths of the sides of rectangles given their areas and perimeters. Quad Areas: Calculate the areas of all the possible quadrilaterals that can be constructed by joining together dots on this grid. Reading Scales: A self marking exercise on the reading of scales of different types. Scale Drawings: Measure line segments and angles in geometric figures, including interpreting scale drawings. Screen Test: Memorise the mathematical facts in the video then answer the ten quiz questions. 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. Volume: Work out the volumes of the given solid shapes. Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world. Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an evergrowing collection of ExamStyle Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Mensuration. Mensuration 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. Maxvoltray: Find the maximum volume of a tray made from an A4 sheet of paper. A practical mathematical investigation. Pin Board: Rows and columns of dots that can be joined using straight lines to create shapes. Rectangle Perimeters: The perimeter of a rectangle is 28cm. What could its area be? Mensuration Videos:Area and Perimeter: Video based on C grade level descriptors for GCSE Maths area and perimeter of composite shapes. 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. How Long is a Metre?: Do you know how long a metre is? Where did this measurement come from? How long has it been used for? Parallelogram: Instructional video showing how the area of a parallelogram can be determined. Pi and Four Fingers: Pi, Spigot Algorithms and why The Simpsons is not in Base 8? In this video Simon Singh's talks about Pi and Maths in The Simpsons. Pi Song: Kate Bush sings the digits of pi (audio only). Mensuration Worksheets:Mearsuring Lines and Angles: Practice using a ruler and protractor on this worksheet with answers provided. Memorable Measures Notes: These are the printable cards to go with the activity called Memorable Measures. Mensuration External Links:Links to other websites containing resources for Mensuration are provided for those logged into 'Transum Mathematics'. 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