Exploring Maths using a piece of paper:

We often get so caught up in the technology that is being

developed around education and learning that we forget the simpler, tactile

resources that are already available to us at minimal cost.

developed around education and learning that we forget the simpler, tactile

resources that are already available to us at minimal cost.

This simple lesson was inspired by my 7-year old son who was bored.

All you need is a blank square sheet of paper, coloured

pencils or markers, a ruler and time!

pencils or markers, a ruler and time!

Start with the following simple questions.

·

What shape is this?

What shape is this?

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How do we know it is a square?

How do we know it is a square?

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How many ways can we fold it in half?

How many ways can we fold it in half?

Use different colour pencils to demarcate the different

folds, so that you end up with the following.

folds, so that you end up with the following.

My son and I discussed the new shapes that were

created and ended off by writing in the number symbols and number names for

each triangle.

created and ended off by writing in the number symbols and number names for

each triangle.

For older children, this can be extended to discuss the axis of symmetry, multiplication, halving and doubling, fractions, angles, measurements, area and patterns.

Send in your suggestions of other Maths concepts you can

explore or pictures of how you used this in your class.

explore or pictures of how you used this in your class.

Happy Exploring!

Neshni Naidoo

Director: Vedic Maths Forum South Africa