Mission 3: Squares where?
Ideas
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Look for squares around the house, in books and magazines, on their toys, in patterns on material, on television
and when out and about. Look for single squares and squares arranged in grids of squares.
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Draw squares. Make squares with straws, rods, skipping rope. Walk around a square - how many corners do you
go round? Now walk around it in the other direction. Did it feel the same? ‘Drive’ a toy car around a square.
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Make your own square jigsaws by cutting squares out of paper, then cutting them into two or more pieces. Using
paper with a picture or a pattern on it might help some children reform the square.
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Use cubes (which each have 6 squares as faces) or other square objects to lay out or build square shapes. Can
you only make a bigger square from small squares using 4 or 9 squares? Can you make even bigger squares?
How many small squares do they have in them (you may well need to help them count as the numbers get larger
- the next larger squares contain 16, 25 and 36 small squares.)
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Use the Shape Maker to draw squares.
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Use the Picture Board to make squares from other shapes. Can you make a square using 2 triangles? 4 triangles?
Any other shapes?
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Can you make a square at the centre line of the Reflector?
Agents explore squares as 2-d shapes and as part of 3-d objects.
This mission focuses on squares and explores the fact that they have four
corners and four sides of equal length.
Vocabulary: square, triangle, oblong.
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