## Pentomino puzzles activity

by kmbheck

- 4.715 reviews

Problem solving activity in which students identify all the different pentominoes, then fit them into shapes. Promotes discussion on shapes and transformations.

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- 5RiBenjafield10 months agoReport
Thank you so much for this wonderful resource. The IWB pages are excellent and the worksheets are perfect. You've just saved me hours of work.

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- Aug 15, 2011
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- Jan 30, 2016

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Logical thinking to solve problems involving fitting pentominoes into grids.
Can fit nicely into transformations (rotation, symmetry, enlargement, translation and tessellation) if you look for it or create it in each shape.
I advise the sheets are printed and then laminated so students can work with a board pen to try different arrangements.

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