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Naming Shapes

Naming Shapes

Students take two squares of paper and fold them in half to make two triangles and two squares. The four pieces can be used like a jigsaw to make different shapes.


Can you make a square, or a rectangle?
What other quadrilaterals can you make?
A quadrilateral is a four-sided shape.
Can you make a hexagon?
What name might you name this shape in the photo?
Can you make a pattern that tessellates using more rectangles and squares?    

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Naming Shapes

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