Thursday, 3 November 2016

Geometry Today...

Current research states that geometry and in particular spatial skills is a key to mathematical success.

These skills also support the future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

How do we include Spatial Awareness in our mathematic classes?? 

Visualising shapes and talking about how these shapes are made.  (Composing/decomposing shapes)

Here are some clues of our mystery shape:
We gave one clue at a time - most children found this relatively straight forward until clue 5, We worked as a group to solve it and then watched a youtube clip to get a greater understanding;


A parallelogram

Can you see the multi link cubes used to create the parallelogram ( do you notice the angles are the same when they are opposite each other?). 

From there we looked at other shapes - rectangles and triangles and saw how this parallelogram was composed.  This activity gave us wonderful mathematical discussions. 

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