Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of
shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space
Geometry is one of the areas covered by the Grade 3 Naplan test.
One type of question I've noticed a few times is identifying a
specific person in a 'photo' . For example the question may ask
what number jumper the person in the back row, second from the
right is wearing. This is basic geometry - in terms of identifying
relative position of figures.
To practice this basic skill, we got out some of the girls school class
photos from the last few years. We then practised by asking them
who was sitting or standing, for example - third from the left in the
front row. We also reversed this by asking them to describe to us
where a particular friend was in the photo. The girls enjoyed
looking back over the years to see how they and their friends have
grown and changed - this provided a good distraction from the
'maths' aspect of this activity!
Another great and fun way to practice some basic geometry is to
play Battleships. There are also often questions which ask the
kids to identify locations and items on a grid - using battleship
ideas to plot co-ordinates.
A couple of years ago I made our girls their own Battleships folders
which are a great thing to have with us with ready printed sheets
and a pencil each to play any time, anywhere! You can print your
own Battleships grids here! Or just draw your own on scrap paper.
This is another great, easy activity that needs very little