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What makes a Good Resource - Pentominoes

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Created on 26 August 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 30 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator

What Makes a Good Resource


Resource description:

Pentominoes - photograph  by Mac Steve used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence

This is a practical shape & space activity. It is easily accessible, promotes pairs / small group work and sharing. It can be extended to engage further thinking, talk and generalising.

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Teacher comment:

I was looking for something which would allow pupils working at level 1 and 2 to access ideas around simple shape and angle. Even where these children had a grasp of the concepts they were not able to express these ideas in a written form.

What I did:

Initially I used squared paper, pencils, rulers, etc along with a set of 5 squares which pupils could manipulate to find “new” pentominoes. Despite this, frustrations arose when children did not draw well or simply found repeats of earlier images. Eventually I decided to give them the set of 12 pentomino tiles to work with.


Over time different themes and ideas emerged, some from my own thinking but many from suggestions from pupils.

I developed a set of activities. These are not in any particular order and nor is it necessary to do all of them.

Some will consolidate thinking and others allow for extended thinking.

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02 December 2010 16:53
Fantastic ideas on the resource sheet.
By peter_hall
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