Maths Word Search with something extra (Names of Shapes)
This is more than just finding words on a grid. The words are not given, they have to get them from the diagrams. There is a moderate and a 'difficult' version so the activity is accessible to all and there are many opportunities for extension. The PowerPoint reveals the solutions one word at a time so you can stop and discuss each shape as you go. Try it and you will see what I mean☺.
This has been used with classes from Year 6 to Year 11 and they have loved it and had many useful discussions.

The activity could be given as a homework as well as used in the classroom. With older students, when I go through the answers I use it as an opportunity to revise the properties of the shapes as well.
You can give students as much help as you like, but if you leave them to it…
  • they have to think about the names of the shapes;

  • they have to think about the spelling of the names;

  • they have to look for names that are not represented by the diagrams.

Because the diagrams have been drawn for the students, there is the opportunity to talk about the use of little squares to indicate right-angles, the use of little lines to indicate equal length sides and the use of arrows to indicate parallel lines.
Three additional 2D shapes are hidden in the grid (these are nonagon, decagon and icosagon).
The 3D shapes that are hidden are cone, cube, cuboid, cylinder, pyramid, sphere & tetrahedron.
The solutions to the moderate version are contained within the pdf; the PowerPoint contains the solutions to the ‘difficult’ version.
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Created: Dec 4, 2017

Updated: Dec 11, 2018


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