We’re freeing things up with this open-ended #MondayMaths problem this week. All we’re asking is for you to create shapes with an area of 24 cm2. So dig out that squared paper and get those creative juices flowing.
This is a lovely problem that can be given to students as soon as they have some understanding of shape and area. Year 4 and 5 pupils will be working with rectilinear shapes, and Year 7 and 8 pupils will be able to add triangular shapes to the mix.
The weirder the shapes are, the better (i.e. far from the usual polygons we might expect to see), and so encourage students to take on this challenge.
How can they continue to be sure that their strange shape is still 24 cm2 in area?
In fact, why not encourage students to cut out a physical 6 x 4 cm rectangle and subtract (cut out) and add (stick on) parts of the shape themselves. This way they can cut out whichever shape they wish!
Have fun getting creative – we’d love for you to share some photos of your class’ shapes on Twitter.Back to news list Next article