Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could
measure lengths, areas and angles.
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just
like the one I have here?
Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.
Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Grandpa was measuring a rug using yards, feet and inches. Can you
help William to work out its area?
Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.
Read about David Hilbert who proved that any polygon could be cut up into a certain number of pieces that could be put back together to form any other polygon of equal area.
Measure problems at primary level that may require determination.
Look at the mathematics that is all around us - this circular
window is a wonderful example.
These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the
half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could
investigate your own starting shape.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about
the relationship between them?
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
A simple visual exploration into halving and doubling.
If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different
ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each
My measurements have got all jumbled up! Swap them around and see
if you can find a combination where every measurement is valid.
Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.
This article for teachers gives some food for thought when teaching
ideas about area.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Have a good look at these images. Can you describe what is happening? There are plenty more images like this on NRICH's Exploring Squares CD.
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5
grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand
point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
You have pitched your tent (the red triangle) on an island. Can you
move it to the position shown by the purple triangle making sure
you obey the rules?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame
without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you
try the other shapes?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Prove that a triangle with sides of length 5, 5 and 6 has the same area as a triangle with sides of length 5, 5 and 8. Find other pairs of non-congruent isosceles triangles which have equal areas.
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Which is a better fit, a square peg in a round hole or a round peg
in a square hole?
It is possible to dissect any square into smaller squares. What is
the minimum number of squares a 13 by 13 square can be dissected
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its
area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover
Explore one of these five pictures.
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
Can you work out the area of the inner square and give an
explanation of how you did it?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The
frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a
jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions
of. . . .
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What
would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start