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Pentomino puzzles activity

Overall rating 4 out of 54.5 (11 ratings)

Last updated 06 July 2014, created 15 August 2011, viewed 16,466

Problem solving activity in which students identify all the different pentominoes, then fit them into shapes. Promotes discussion on shapes and transformations.

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  • Word documentLesson plan
    pentominoes - lesson plan.doc (29kb, Word document)
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  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes - cube.doc (87kb, Word document)
  • Notebook documentActivity
    pentominoes - poster ideas.notebook (3mb, Notebook document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - animals - solutions.doc (307kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - animals.doc (554kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - pictures - solutions.doc (252kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - pictures.doc (458kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - rectangles - solutions.doc (81kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - rectangles.doc (89kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - shapes - solutions.doc (218kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - shapes.doc (410kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - square - solutions.doc (82kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    pentominoes worksheet - square.doc (148kb, Word document)
  • Notebook documentActivity
    pentominoes.notebook (5mb, Notebook document)
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Love this - so creative! Thank you!!

from klexley, 06 July 2014
(report comment) 5 out of 5

Really interesting, fantastic idea, thank you very much!

from jeng126, 25 February 2014
(report comment) 5 out of 5

There is hardly a better way of captivating and engaging pupils in geometry!

from anitaaab, 16 December 2013
(report comment) 4 out of 5

Great resources. Thank you.

from fmath, 19 May 2013
(report comment) 5 out of 5

Fantastic for problem solving - I have just used some of this for a observation lesson with Year 5s and it worked really well - they identified all the different pentominoes, then fitted them into shapes. It provided lots of opportunities for talk about reflection, translation etc., and as easily differentiated as well as being an engaging activity - thank you.

from suemk, 10 March 2013
(report comment) 5 out of 5
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