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Sandwich Shapes

Sandwich Shapes


Gabby likes to have a sandwich for lunch. Every day her mum makes a sandwich for her to take to school, but Gabby is a mathematician and likes her mum to cut her sandwich into different shapes.

Enquiry learning

How many different ways could you cut and name the shapes for Gabby’s sandwich?

How many pieces of bread would Gabby need for her lunch for one week?

How much might her sandwich cost?

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Especially, in the early years, mathematical tasks need to be hands on, often designed to develop understanding of the same concept. Effective teachers often repeat an activity in a similar way with different materials.

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Sandwich Shapes

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