TES Maths ROTW: Area maze problems

Craig Barton
03rd January 2017

TES Maths Resource of the Week

Resource title: Area maze problems - 1 and 2

Resource author: Justgoodmaths

What is it?

Area mazes are apparently all the rage in Japan. And with these worksheets, they can be all the rage in your classroom as well! 

The concept is really simple. Students use logic and geometrical knowledge to work out the missing dimensions of a variety of rectangles. It's the thought process that pupils go through that makes these problems so rich.

How can it be used?

The beauty of area mazes is that they do not take much explaining. I went through one example on the board with my Year 8 students, brain-storming different ideas for approaching them. Then I let them get stuck in, making sure they were able to convince me of their answers by showing their working.

Pretty soon we were frantically searching the internet for more difficult problems and many students were keen to take them home to show their parents. If your class does enjoy them, then use the opportunity to challenge them to create their own, with as many rectangles as they like.

Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.

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