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.
Explore one of these five pictures.
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.
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.
What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you enlarge them?
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
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?
Grandpa was measuring a rug using yards, feet and inches. Can you help William to work out its area?
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?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
A simple visual exploration into halving and doubling.
Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
In how many ways can you halve a piece of A4 paper? How do you know they are halves?
Measure problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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 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.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
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. . . .
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
This article, written for teachers, discusses the merits of different kinds of resources: those which involve exploration and those which centre on calculation.
How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?