Properties of Shapes
This SMILE resource contains three packs of games, investigations, worksheets and practical activities supporting the teaching and learning of the properties of shapes, from identifying shapes to investigating right-angles in polygons.
Properties of shapes pack one contains nine work cards with a wide variety of activities covering naming shapes, the properties of the diagonals of shapes and quadrilaterals.
Properties of shapes pack two contains twelve work cards with activities requiring students to investigate the shapes made when a square is cut, draw rectangles and triangles in circles, name a variety of shapes, explore different quadrilaterals, and investigate shapes made by joining the midpoints of quadrilaterals.
Properties of shapes pack three contains fourteen work cards with activities in which students investigate the properties of different shapes, make shapes from two congruent right-angled triangles and by paper folding, investigate the symmetries of polygons, families of quadrilaterals and the number of right-angles in a polygon.
SMILE (Secondary Mathematics Individualised Learning Experiment) was initially developed as a series of practical activities for secondary school students by practising teachers in the 1970s. It became a complete individualised scheme based around a network of activity cards and assessments.
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