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This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?
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Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
The second in a series of articles on visualising and modelling shapes in the history of astronomy.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.
See if you can anticipate successive 'generations' of the two animals shown here.
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
This article explores ths history of theories about the shape of our planet. It is the first in a series of articles looking at the significance of geometric shapes in the history of astronomy.
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number and an even number of paths to the same vertex?
Can you use small coloured cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of each colour?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Bilbo goes on an adventure, before arriving back home. Using the information given about his journey, can you work out where Bilbo lives?
This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the. . . .
For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Imagine you have six different colours of paint. You paint a cube using a different colour for each of the six faces. How many different cubes can be painted using the same set of six colours?
The whole set of tiles is used to make a square. This has a green and blue border. There are no green or blue tiles anywhere in the square except on this border. How many tiles are there in the set?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its edges, without going over any edge twice?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Show that among the interior angles of a convex polygon there cannot be more than three acute angles.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?