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Perfect Square
by Michael Hall   
Follow the adventures of a perfect square through the course of a week. They get shredded and snipped, torn and ripped, but then use those pieces to make themselves into something beautiful!

Resources for Perfect Square:
Full Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (English)

**Spanish Versions coming soon!

Activities for Perfect Square:
Make a Perfect Square (English)
Hacer un Cuadrado Perfecto (Español) Rope Shapes (English)
Formas de Soga (Español)
Perfect Polygons (English)
Polígonos Perfectos (Español)

How many things can one perfect square turn into? 

Topics: geometry, shapes, transformations 

Activities To Do Together:

  • Introduce the idea that objects are made from geometric shapes and combinations of shapes: squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles. 

  • Talk about polygons. They are 2-dimensional,
    closed geometric shapes made up of
    straight lines, like squares, rectangles and triangles. 

  • Talk about the attributes that make each shape unique. For example discuss the similarities and differences between a rectangle and a square.

  • Make a square from tissue paper ,then tear or cut it into different pieces and make something new by gluing the pieces onto another sheet of paper. 

Questions for Mathematical Thinking:

  1. Is the main character in the story a perfect square?How do    you know? 

  2. Which is your favorite shape?How is this shape different than other shapes? 

  3. Which images had the most pieces?Which had the fewest? 

  4. What polygons do you see in the bridge? 

  5. Which shapes in the fountain are polygons? Which are not?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts: 

corners, equal, four, matching, perfect square, sides, square 

Please check out the Book Guide for Perfect Square for more!

Online External Resources for Perfect Square:

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