Tag Archives: quadrilaterals

Pentagon to Quadrilateral Puzzle

Puzzles involving cutting shapes and forming them into different shapes helps reinforce the idea that area do not necessarily change with change in shape. It is also a good activity for developing visualisation skill and spatial ability. The puzzle below is from one of the leaflets at the booth of Japan Society of Mathematical Education last ICME… Read More »

If One World Trade Center is a prism and not an antiprism, would it be less in volume?

One World Trade Center, more simply known as 1 WTC and previously known as the Freedom Tower, is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The supertall skyscraper is 104 storey  and is being constructed in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The image at the right shows the design as… Read More »

Regular Polygons Problems

One of my favourite lesson design is a sequence of problem solving tasks that requires repetition of same reasoning and analysis by varying the ‘mathematical context’ of the problem in increasing complexity. However the variation in the context of the problem should be such that they still share some properties. In the examples below, the… Read More »

The house of quadrilaterals

In Investigating an Ordering of Quadrilaterals published in ZDM, Gunter Graumann shared a good activity for developing students mathematical thinking. The activity is about ordering quadrilaterals based on its characteristics. He gave the following list of different aspects of quadrilaterals as possible basis for investigation. Sides with equal length (two neighbouring or two opposite or three or four sides) Sum of the length… Read More »

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