A stimulating resource when teaching shape and space
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Full of useful and stimulating ideas on the use of geoboards, the book is a useful resource when teaching shape and space in the National Curriculum.
The original foolscap pamphlet Geoboards, “a collection of ideas and starting points for the primary and secondary classroom”, was first published in 1972.
After twenty years it has seemed appropriate to give this popular booklet a new lease of life by re-issuing it in an enlarged edition, incorporating accounts of classroom happenings and of personal journeys, with writings on issues directly or indirectly associated with geoboards - and with additional ideas and starting points.
The book includes sections on:
ISBN 0 900095 85 7
A geoboard is a mathematical manipulative often used to explore basic concepts in plane geometry such as perimeter, area or the characteristics of triangles and other polygons. Consisting of a physical board with a certain number of nails half driven in, in a symmetrical square five-by-five array, students are encouraged to place rubber bands around the pegs to model various geometric concepts or to solve other mathematical puzzles. Two-dimensional representations of the geoboard may be applied to ordinary paper using rubber stamps or special "geoboard paper" with diagrams of geoboards may be used to help capture a student's explanations of the concept they have discovered or illustrated on the geoboard.
Geoboards were invented and popularized by Egyptian mathematician Caleb Gattegno in the 1950s.