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ERIC Number: EJ793910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Teaching Polygons
Scahill, Jillian
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v11 n1 p30-32 2006
Teachers assume that by the end of primary school, students should know the essentials regarding shape. For example, the NSW Mathematics K-6 syllabus states by year six students should be able manipulate, classify and draw two-dimensional shapes and describe side and angle properties. The reality is, that due to the pressure for students to achieve mastery in number, teachers often spend less time teaching about the other aspects of mathematics, especially shape (Becker, 2003; Horne, 2003). Hence, there is a need to modify the focus of mathematics education to incorporate other aspects of mathematics including shape and especially polygons. In this article, the author looks at the teaching and learning of polygons in primary classrooms by providing some essential information about polygons and some useful teaching strategies and resources. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A