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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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.