TES Maths ROTW: Christmas constructions

Craig Barton
12th December 2016

TES Maths Resource of the Week

Resource title: Christmas constructions

Resource author: mrslack_maths

What is it?

With Christmas almost upon us, why not add a festive twist to your lessons? If, like me, you're keen to keep it mathematical, then this seasonal construction task is ideal.

This activity allows you to tackle a challenging topic in a way that students might actually enjoy! By the time they have created a tree, a star and an angel using a protractor and a pair of compasses, your class will be construction champions.

How can it be used?

It's quite likely that pupils will need some support with this task. When I did it with my Year 9s last year, I ran through the key constructions before handing out helpsheets containing step-by-step guides on constructing triangles, angle bisectors and perpendicular bisectors. I also encouraged them to work together.

Was it a quiet, relaxing lesson? Not at all. Was it a successful one? I hope so! My students certainly enjoyed it and their confidence in handling protractors and compasses not only improved, but also remained high when we revised the topic later in the year.
 

Craig Barton

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


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