California Early Math Project 2019

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)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

How many different things can one perfect square turn into? 

 

Math Connections:  

    Geometry        

    Shapes

    Transformations

 

Things to do Together: 

Use Perfect Square to: 

  • Discuss the different shapes that are made from the square: rectangles, trapezoids, triangles, and circles. 

  • Talk about which attributes 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 glueing the pieces onto another sheet of paper.

 

Extension Questions: 

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

  2. Which is your favorite shape? Why?

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

 

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

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