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.
Grandpa was measuring a rug using yards, feet and inches. Can you help William to work out its area?
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 article for teachers gives some food for thought when teaching ideas about area.
Look at the mathematics that is all around us - this circular window is a wonderful example.
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
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.
Measure problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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?
How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.
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.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.
A simple visual exploration into halving and doubling.
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?
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?
In how many ways can you halve a piece of A4 paper? How do you know they are halves?
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you enlarge them?
How can you change the area of a shape but keep its perimeter the same? How can you change the perimeter but keep the area the same?
Explore one of these five pictures.
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
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?
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
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?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Can you work out the area of the inner square and give an explanation of how you did it?
Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?
Investigate the different ways of cutting a perfectly circular pie into equal pieces using exactly 3 cuts. The cuts have to be along chords of the circle (which might be diameters).
Semicircles are drawn on the sides of a rectangle ABCD. A circle passing through points ABCD carves out four crescent-shaped regions. Prove that the sum of the areas of the four crescents is equal to. . . .
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
At the corner of the cube circular arcs are drawn and the area enclosed shaded. What fraction of the surface area of the cube is shaded? Try working out the answer without recourse to pencil and. . . .
You have a 12 by 9 foot carpet with an 8 by 1 foot hole exactly in the middle. Cut the carpet into two pieces to make a 10 by 10 foot square carpet.
What is the shape and dimensions of a box that will contain six cups and have as small a surface area as possible.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Derive a formula for finding the area of any kite.
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.
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?