Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
My measurements have got all jumbled up! Swap them around and see
if you can find a combination where every measurement is valid.
Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.
Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.
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.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could
measure lengths, areas and angles.
You can move the 4 pieces of the jigsaw and fit them into both
outlines. Explain what has happened to the missing one unit of
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about
the relationship between them?
Measure problems at primary level that may require determination.
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just
like the one I have here?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Follow the instructions and you can take a rectangle, cut it into 4 pieces, discard two small triangles, put together the remaining two pieces and end up with a rectangle the same size. Try it!
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the
squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the
button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle
now. . . .
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of
the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other
shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
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
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
Points P, Q, R and S each divide the sides AB, BC, CD and DA respectively in the ratio of 2 : 1. Join the points. What is the area of the parallelogram PQRS in relation to the original rectangle?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
What is the shape and dimensions of a box that will contain six cups and have as small a surface area as possible.
This rectangle is cut into five pieces which fit exactly into a triangular outline and also into a square outline where the triangle, the rectangle and the square have equal areas.
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
Explore one of these five pictures.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
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
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?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
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 are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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. . . .
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?
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?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
Is it possible to remove ten unit cubes from a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made from 27 unit cubes so that the surface area of the remaining solid is the same as the surface area of the original 3 by 3 by 3. . . .
Can you find a general rule for finding the areas of equilateral triangles drawn on an isometric grid?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.