Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Explore one of these five pictures.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles 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?
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
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?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
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 time?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.
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.
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have. . . .
There are three tables in a room with blocks of chocolate on each. Where would be the best place for each child in the class to sit if they came in one at a time?
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
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 number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
In this article for teachers, Bernard gives an example of taking an initial activity and getting questions going that lead to other explorations.
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
This activity asks you to collect information about the birds you see in the garden. Are there patterns in the data or do the birds seem to visit randomly?
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
How will you decide which way of flipping over and/or turning the grid will give you the highest total?