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#### Interior angles of polygons

A complete lesson on interior angles of polygons. Activities included: Starter: A slide showing examples and non-examples of interior angles, for pupils to think about a definition, followed by a set of images where pupils must identify any interior angles (sounds easy and dull, but isn’t!) Main: A recap of visual proofs of why the interior angles of a triangle sum to 180 degrees and those of a quadrilateral sum to 360 degrees, leading to the obvious question of “what next?” Prompts for the usual “investigation” into the sum of interior angles for polygons, by splitting into triangles. A set of questions designed to be done with mini whiteboards, starting with basic sums of interior angles, interior angles of regular polygons and finally a few variations (see cover image). A four-part worksheet (one page if printed two-a-side and two-sided) with a similar progression in difficulty. Plenary: A slide summarising the rules encountered, together with some key questions to check for any misconceptions. Printable worksheets and answers included. I’ve also included suggested questions and extensions in the notes boxes at the bottom of each slide. Please review if you buy as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Exterior angles of polygons

A complete lesson on exterior angles of polygons. I cover exterior angles after interior angles, so I should point out that the starter does rely on pupils knowing how to do calculations involving interior angles. See my other resources for a lesson on interior angles. Activities included: Starter: Some recap questions involving interior angles and also exterior angles, but with the intention that pupils just use the rule for angles on a line, rather than a formal definition of exterior angles (yet). Main: A “what’s the same,what’s different” prompt followed by examples and non-examples of exterior angles, to get pupils thinking about a definition of them. A mini- investigation into exterior angles. Prompts to establish and then prove algebraically that exterior angles sum to 360 degrees for a triangle and a quadrilateral. The proofs could be skipped, if you felt this was too hard. A worksheet of more standard exterior angle questions with a progression in difficulty. Plenary: A slide animating a visual proof of the rule, followed by a hyperlink to a different visual proof. Printable worksheets and answers included. I’ve also included suggested questions and extensions in the notes boxes at the bottom of each slide. Please review if you buy as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Area of rectilinear shapes

A complete lesson on area of rectilinear shapes, with a strong problem solving and creative element. Activities included: Starter: See cover slide - a prompt to think about properties of shapes, in part to lead to a definition of rectilinear polygons. Main: A question for pupils to discuss, considering which of two methods gives the correct answer for the area of an L-shape. A worksheet showing another L-shape, 6 times with 6 different sums. Pupils try to figure out the method used from the sum. A second worksheet that is really hard to describe but involves pupils thinking critically about how the area of increasingly intricate rectilinear shapes can have the same area. This sets pupils up to go on to create their own interesting shapes with the same area, by generalising about the necessary conditions for this to happen, and ways to achieve this (without counting all the squares!) A third worksheet with more conventional area questions, that could be used as a low-stakes test or a homework. Most questions have the potential to be done in more than one way, so could also be used to get pupils discussing and comparing methods. Plenary: A final question of sorts, where pupils have to identify the information sufficient to work out the area of a given rectilinear shape. Printable worksheets and answers included. I’ve also included suggestions for key questions and follow up questions in the comments boxes at the bottom of each slide. Please review if you buy as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Inverse operations

A complete lesson on inverse operations. Includes questions with decimals, with the intention that pupils are using calculators. Activities included: Starter: Four simple questions where pupils fill a bank in a sum, to facilitate a discussion about possible ways of doing this. Slides to formalise the idea of an inverse operation, followed by a set of questions to check pupils can correctly correctly identify the inverse of a given operation and a worksheet of straight-forward fill the blank questions (albeit with decimals, to force pupils to use inverse operations). I have thrown in a few things that could stimulate further discussion here - see cover image. Main: The core of the lesson centres around an adaptation of an excellent puzzle I saw on the Brilliant.org website. I have created a series of similar puzzles and adapted them for a classroom setting. Essentially, it is a diagram showing boxes for an input and an output, but with multiple routes to get from one to the other, each with a different combination of operations. Pupils are tasked with exploring a set of related questions: the largest and smallest outputs for a given input. the possible inputs for a given output. the possible inputs for a given output, if the input was an integer. The second and third questions use inverse operations, and the third in particular gives pupils something a lot more interesting to think about. The second question could be skipped to make the third even more challenging. I’ve also thrown in a blank template for pupils to create their own puzzles. Plenary: Your standard ‘I think of a number’ inverse operation puzzle, for old time’s sake. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please do review if you buy, as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Solving two step equations using inverse operations

A complete lesson on solving two step equations using inverse operations. Does include some decimals, as I wanted to give a more complete example set and make it hard for pupils to just use trial and error to find solutions. As such, I would let pupils use calculators. Activities included: Starter: A set of questions to check that pupils can evaluate two step expressions like 2x+3, given a value of x Main: A prompt to discuss the differences between two equations (a one step and a two step with the same solution), to get pupils thinking about how they could approach the latter. Examples and a set of questions on using inverse operations to reverse a two step flowchart and solve its corresponding equation. These have been deigned to further reinforce the importance of BIDMAS when interpreting an algebraic expression, so the emphasis is on quality not quantity of questions. A more challenging task of pupils trying to make an equation with a certain solution. Designed to be extendable to pupils looking for generalistions. Plenary: A prompt to discuss a few less obvious one-step equations (eg x+8+3=20) Printable worksheets and answers included. Please review if you buy as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Introducing equations

A complete lesson designed to introduce the concept of an equation. Touches on different equation types but doesn’t go into any solving methods. Instead, pupils use substitution to verify that numbers satisfy equations, and are therefore solutions. As such, the lesson does require pupils to be able to substitute into simple expressions. Activities included: Starter: A set of questions to check that pupils can evaluate expressions Main: Examples of ‘fill the blank’ statements represented as equations, and a definition of the words solve and solution. Examples and a worksheet on the theme of checking if solutions to equations are correct, by substituting. A few slides showing some variations of equations using carefully selected examples, including an equation with no solutions, an equation with infinite solutions, simultaneous equations and an identity. A sometimes, always never activity inspired by a similar one form the standards unit (but simplified so that no solving techniques are required). I’d use the pupils’ work on this last task as a basis for a plenary, possibly pupils discussing each other’s work. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please review if you buy as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Solving equations using inverse operations

A complete lesson on solving one step equations using inverse operations. Does include some decimals, as I wanted to give a more complete example set and make it hard for pupils to just use trial and error to find solutions. As such, I would let pupils use calculators. Activities included: Starter: A short task where pupils match up simple one step ‘flll the blank’ statements, flow charts and equations. Then a prompt for them to discuss the solutions to these equations. I would expect them to at least know that to solve means finding numbers that make the equation true, and even if they have no prior knowledge of solving methods, they could verify that a given number was a solution to an equation. See my other resources for a lesson on introducing equations. Main: Some diagnostic questions to be used as mini whiteboard questions, where pupils turn one step equations into flow charts. Examples and a set of questions on using inverse operations to reverse a flowchart and solve its corresponding equation. A more open ended task of pupils creating their own questions, plus an extension task of creating equations with the largest possible answer, given certain criteria. Plenary: A prompt to discuss an example of an equation that can’t be solved using inverse operations. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please review if you buy as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Circle theorems lesson 8

A complete lesson on the theorem that a perpendicular bisector of a chord passes through the centre of a circle. Assumes pupils can already use the theorems that: The angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference The angle in a semicircle is 90 degrees Angles in the same same segment are equal .Opposite angles in a cyclic quadrilateral sum to 180 degrees A tangent is perpendicular to a radius Angles in alternate segments are equal Tangents from a point are equal so that more varied questions can be asked. Please see my other resources for lessons on these theorems. Activities included: Starter: An animation reminding pupils about perpendicular bisectors, with the intention being that they would then practice this a few times with ruler and compass. Main: Instructions for pupils to investigate the theorem, by drawing a circle, chord and then bisecting the chord. Slides to clarify the ‘two-directional’ nature of the theorem. Examples of missing angle or length problems using the theorem (plus another theorem, usually) A similar set of eight questions for pupils to consolidate. An extension prompt for pupils to use the theorem to locate the exact centre of a given circle. Plenary: An animation of the proof without words, the intention being that pupils try to describe the steps. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please review if you buy, as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Circle theorems lesson 6

A complete lesson on the alternate segment theorem. Assumes pupils can already use the theorems that: The angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference The angle in a semicircle is 90 degrees Angles in the same same segment are equal .Opposite angles in a cyclic quadrilateral sum to 180 degrees A tangent is perpendicular to a radius so that more varied questions can be asked. Please see my other resources for lessons on these theorems. Activities included: Starter: Some basic questions to check pupils know what the word subtend means. Main: Animated slides to define what an alternate segment is. An example where the angle in the alternate segment is found without reference to the theorem (see cover image), followed by three similar questions for pupils to try. I’ve done this because if pupils can follow these steps, they can prove the theorem. However this element of the lesson could be bypassed or used later, depending on the class. Multiple choice questions where pupils simply have to identify which angles match as a result of the theorem. In my experience, they always struggle to identify the correct angle, so these questions really help. Seven examples of finding missing angles using the theorem (plus a second theorem for most of them). A set of eight similar problems for pupils to consolidate. An extension with two variations -an angle chase of sorts. Plenary: An animation of the proof without words, the intention being that pupils try to describe the steps. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please review if you buy, as any feedback is appreciated.
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#### Circle theorems lesson 7

A complete lesson on the theorem that tangents from a point are equal. Assumes pupils can already use the theorems that: The angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference The angle in a semicircle is 90 degrees Angles in the same same segment are equal .Opposite angles in a cyclic quadrilateral sum to 180 degrees A tangent is perpendicular to a radius Angles in alternate segments are equal so that more varied questions can be asked. Please see my other resources for lessons on these theorems. Activities included: Starter: Instructions for pupils to discover the theorem, by drawing tangents and measuring. Main: Slides to clarify why this theorem usually involves isosceles triangles. Related examples, finding missing angles. A set of eight questions using the theorem (and usually another theorem or angle fact). Two very sneaky extension questions. Plenary: An animation of the proof without words, the intention being that pupils try to describe the steps. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please review if you buy, as any feedback is appreciated!
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#### Circle theorems lesson 5

A complete lesson on the theorem that a tangent is perpendicular to a radius. Assumes pupils can already use the theorems that: The angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference The angle in a semicircle is 90 degrees Angles in the same same segment are equal .Opposite angles in a cyclic quadrilateral sum to 180 degrees so that more varied questions can be asked. Please see my other resources for lessons on these theorems. Activities included: Starter: Some basic recap questions on theorems 1 to 4 Main: Instructions for pupils to discover the rule, by drawing tangents and measuring the angle to the centre. A set of six examples, mostly using more than one theorem. A set of eight similar questions for pupils to consolidate. A prompt for pupils to create their own questions, as an extension. Plenary: A proof by contradiction of the theorem. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please do review if you buy, as any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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#### Circle theorems lesson 3

A complete lesson on the theorem that angles in the same segment are equal. I always teach the theorem that the angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference first (see my other resources for a lesson on that theorem), as it can be used to easily prove the same segment theorem. Activities included: Starter: Some basic questions on the theorems that the angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference, and that the angle in a semi-circle is 90 degrees, to check pupils remember them. Main: Slides to show what a chord, major segment and minor segment are, and to show what it means to say that two angles are in the same segment. This is followed up by instructions for pupils to construct the usual diagram for this theorem, to further consolidate their understanding of the terminology and get them to investigate what happens to the angle. A ‘no words’ proof of the theorem, using the theorem that the angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference. Missing angle examples of the theorem, that could be used as questions for pupils to try. These include more interesting variations that incorporate other angle rules. A set of similar questions with a progression in difficulty, for pupils to consolidate. Two extension questions. Plenary: A final set of six diagrams, where pupils have to decide if two angles match, either because of the theorem learnt in the lesson or because of another angle rule. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please do review if you buy as any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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#### Circle theorems lesson 2

A complete lesson on the theorem that the angle in a semicircle is 90 degrees. I always teach the theorem that the angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference first (see my other resources for a lesson on that theorem), as it can be used to easily prove the semicircle theorem. Activities included: Starter: Some basic questions on the theorem that the angle at the centre is twice the angle at the circumference, to check pupils remember it. Main: Examples and non-examples of the semicircle theorem, that could be used as questions for pupils to try. These include more interesting variations like using Pythagoras’ theorem or incorporating other angle rules. A set of questions with a progression in difficulty. These deliberately include a few questions that can’t be done, to focus pupils’ attention on the key features of diagrams. An extension task prompt for pupils to create their own questions using the two theorems already encountered. Plenary: Three discussion questions to promote deeper thinking, the first looking at alternative methods for one of the questions from the worksheet, the next considering whether a given line is a diameter, the third considering whether given diagrams show an acute, 90 degree or obtuse angle. Printable worksheets and answers included. Please do review if you buy as any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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#### Drawing in 2D and 3D

A powerpoint including examples, worksheets and solutions on 3D sketching of prisms and other solids, nets of 3D solids, drawing on isometric paper and plans/elevations. Worksheets at bottom of presentation for printing.
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