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A Square in a Circle

Age 7 to 11
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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 this area?

Wrapping Presents

Age 7 to 11
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Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.

Two Squared

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Shape Draw

Age 7 to 11
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Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.

Overlapping Squares

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Wallpaper

Age 5 to 7
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These pieces of wallpaper need to be ordered from smallest to largest. Can you find a way to do it?

Inside Seven Squares

Age 7 to 11
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What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?

Sizing Them Up

Age 5 to 7
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Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.

Approaches to Area

Age 5 to 11

This article for teachers gives some food for thought when teaching ideas about area.

Cover the Tray

Age 7 to 11
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These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Exploration Versus Calculation

Age 5 to 11

This article, written for teachers, discusses the merits of different kinds of resources: those which involve exploration and those which centre on calculation.

More Transformations on a Pegboard

Age 7 to 11
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Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

Making Squares

Age 7 to 11

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?

Great Squares

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.

Fencing

Age 7 to 11
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Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

Tiles on a Patio

Age 7 to 11
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How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

Cutting it Out

Age 5 to 11
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I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?

Torn Shapes

Age 7 to 11
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These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?

My New Patio

Age 7 to 11
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What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

Fit These Shapes

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Triangle Relations

Age 7 to 11
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What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

Different Sizes

Age 5 to 11
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A simple visual exploration into halving and doubling.

Tiling Into Slanted Rectangles

Age 7 to 11
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A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

Tiles in the Garden

Age 7 to 11
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How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?

Ribbon Squares

Age 7 to 11
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What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?

Fitted

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Cylinder Cutting

Age 7 to 11
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An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.

Extending Great Squares

Age 7 to 11
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Explore one of these five pictures.

Rope Mat

Age 7 to 11
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How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

Transformations on a Pegboard

Age 7 to 11
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How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?

Lawn Border

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Numerically Equal

Age 7 to 11
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Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

Geoboards

Age 7 to 11
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This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

Making Boxes

Age 7 to 11
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Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

Fencing Lambs

Age 7 to 11
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A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

Shaping It

Age 5 to 11
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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.

Through the Window

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Always, Sometimes or Never? Shape

Age 7 to 11
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Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Paper Halving

Age 5 to 11
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In how many ways can you halve a piece of A4 paper? How do you know they are halves?

Area and Perimeter

Age 7 to 11
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What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

Tiling

Age 7 to 11
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An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Being Curious - Primary Measures

Age 5 to 11
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Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.

Being Collaborative - Primary Measures

Age 5 to 11
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Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.

Being Resourceful - Primary Measures

Age 5 to 11
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Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Being Resilient - Primary Measures

Age 5 to 11
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Measure problems at primary level that may require resilience.

A Day with Grandpa

Age 7 to 11
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Grandpa was measuring a rug using yards, feet and inches. Can you help William to work out its area?

Pebbles

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Making Rectangles

Age 7 to 14
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A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Poly Plug Rectangles

Age 5 to 14
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The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?