World of Tan 25 - Pentominoes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2
Children you might like to:
  • Find the twelve animals that Little Ming and Little Fung are searching for.
  • Explore which of the animals could if joined together, be folded up to make a box.
  • Discuss with others what it means to be systematic and try to decide if you work systematically.
  • What if Little Ming and Little Fung had used six squares and NOT five - how many animals are now possible? How many of these animals could if joined together, make boxes with lids?
Parents you might like to:
  • Help find the twelve animals.
  • Talk about the things you do systematically about the house and at work.
  • Explore those times when you don't work systematically.
  • List the words that best describe how you and others work.
  • Devise ways of gauging how good a listener your youngster is.
Teachers you might like to:
  • Help find the twelve animals.
  • Examine the different ways in which they can be sorted and classified.
  • Explore the whole notion of being systematic, especially in counting. e.g. Using six squares and not five. Does this relate to the easier(?) problem of using only four squares?
  • Consider what other ways of working there are.
  • Explore the work habits of others. Is there such a thing as 'best practice'?
  • Devise ways of testing the listening capabilities of your pupils.