Maths resource of the week 18

Maths resource of the week 18

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Properties of Quadrilaterals is not renowned for being the most enjoyable topic, either to teach or learn. Collective Memories certainly provide one possible way of enriching the learning experience of the students, and there are a couple of nice examples of these on TES. Another possibility is to use this excellent activity from the wonderful NRICH. Here students are asked to play a game which involves taking it in turns to place shapes in a grid depending on their properties. Once students have got to grips with how the game works, then the real challenge begins. Can they arrange the cards so that it is impossible to place any shape in the grid? How about filling all the squares in? Can they come up with some cards of their own? And once you have dealt with quadrilaterals, there are also a set of triangle cards as well!

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