One of the most significant recommendations of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF)-2005 is the mathematisation of the child’s thought processes. In achieving this goal, concrete mathematical experiences play a major role. A child is motivated to learn mathematics by getting involved in handling various concrete manipulatives in various activities. In addition to activities, games in mathematics also help the child’s involvement in learning by strategizing and reasoning.
For learning mathematical concepts through the above- mentioned approach, a child-centred Mathematics kit has been developed for the students of Secondary stage based on some of the concepts from the newly developed NCERT mathematics textbooks. The Maths Activities Kit kit includes various kit items along with a manual for performing activities.The kit broadly covers the activities in the areas of geometry, algebra, trigonometry and mensuration.
Advantages of Maths Kit:
The kit has the following advantages :
• Availability of necessary materials at one place
• Multipurpose use of items
• Economy of time in doing the activities
• Portability from one place to another
• Provision for teacher’s innovation
• Low-cost material and use of indigeneous resources
- special features of the Maths kit items:
- Here are some of the special features of the kit items : Two variety of plastic strips with slots and markings have been provided. They help in creating angles, triangles, quadrilaterals and determination of values of trigonometric ratios. The full or half protractor can be fixed on the strips for measuring the angles in the activities related to angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals.
- Circular Board: A Circular Board is designed in such a manner that it can be used to verify results related to a circle as well as trigonometric ratios.
- Geoboard: A Geoboard is a board of dimensions 19cm 19cm 1cm having holes drilled on side A of it at a distance of 1cm each. Geoboard pins can be fitted in the holes and with the help of rubber bands different geometrical shapes can be formed.
- Cut – outs of corrugated sheet: Cut – outs of corrugated sheets in the form of parrrllelogram, triangle, trapezium and circle help in learning concepts related to areas.
- cube: A cube with adjusting cut-outs of cuboid, cylinder, cone and hemisphere have been given to construct the concept of surface area and volume.
- Cut-outs of plastic cardboard: Cut-outs of plastic cardboard in the form of triangles, quadrilaterals and rectangle etc. have been given to verify Pythagorus theorem and algebraic identities like a2b2abab.
- Algebraic Tiles: Another interesting item, Algebraic Tiles has also been provided. They are provided in two different colours and three different sizes. They can be used for concretisation of the concept of factorisation of quadratic equations.
The kit items, apart from being academically useful, are also designed in attractive manner. It is hoped that this kit will generate enough interest for learning mathematics at secondary stage. It will prove to be an important part of the mathematics resource room in the schools across the country.
ACTIVITY 1 : To form different angles and measure 1 them.
ACTIVITY 2 : To verify the relation of different pairs 5 of angles formed by a transversal with two parallel lines.
ACTIVITY 3 : To explore the properties of a triangle. 9
ACTIVITY 4 : To verify the mid-point theorem “A line 15 joining the mid points of a triangle is parallel to the third side and half of it”
ACTIVITY 5 : To verify that a lin e drawn through 17 the mid-point of one side and parallel to the second side bisects the third side.
ACTIVITY 6 : To verify the basic proportionality 19 theorem.
ACTIVITY 7 : To verify that a line dividing two sides 21 of a triangle in the same ratio is parallel to the third side.
ACTIVITY 8 : T o ex plo re var ious pr ope rti es of 23 different types of quadrilaterals.
ACTIVITY 9 : To verify that a quadrilateral formed 29 by joining the mid-points of the sides
of a quadrilateral taken in order, is a parallelogram.
ACTIVITY 10 : T o f o r m d i f f e r e n t s h a p e s o n a 31 geoboard and explore their areas.
ACTIVITY 11 : To verify that the ratio of areas of two 35 similar triangles is equal to the ratio
of squares of their corresponding sides.
ACTIVITY 12 : To verify that median of a triangle 37 divides it in two triangles of equal
ACTIVITY 13 : T o f o r m d i f f e r e n t f i g u r e s i n a 39 Geobaord satisfying the following
(a) lying on the same base.
(b) lying between the same paralles but not on the same base.
(c) l y i n g o n t h e s a m e b a s e & between the same parallels
ACTIVITY 14 : To verify that triangles on the same 42 base and between the same parallels are equal in area.
ACTIVITY 15 : To verify parallelograms on the same 44 base and between the same parallels
are equal in area.
ACTIVITY 16 : To verify that for a triangle and a 46 parallelogram on the same base and between the same parallels, the area of triangle is half the area of parallelogram.
ACTIVITY 17 : To explore area of triangle , 48 parallelogram and trapezium.
ACTIVITY 18 : To verify Pythagoras theorem. 41
ACTIVITY 19 : To verify the algebraic identities. 53
a b 2 a 2 2ab b 2
a b 2 a 2 2ab b 2
ACTIVITY 20 : To verify the algebraic identity 57
a2 b2 a ba b
ACTIVITY 21 : To factorise expression of the type 60 A x 2 B x C ,
f o r e x a c t ly
(i) (ii) (iii)
x2 5x 6
x2 x 6
2 x2 7 x 6
ACTIVITY 22 : To explore area of a circle. 64
ACTIVITY 23 : T o v e r i f y t h a t t h e l o n g e r c h o r d 68 subtends larger angle at the centre of
ACTIVITY 24 : To verify that equal chords subtend 70 equal angles at the centre of a circle.
ACTIVITY 25 : To verify that chords subtending equal 72 angles at the centre of a circle are equal.
ACTIVITY 26 : To verify that the perpendicular from 74 the centre of a circle to a chord bisects
ACTIVITY 27 : To verify that the line drawn through 76 the centre of a circle to bisect a chord
is perpendicular to the chord.
ACTIVITY 28 : To verify that equal chords of a circle 78 are equidistant from the centre of the circle.
ACTIVITY 29 : To verify that the chords equidistant 81 from the centre of a circle are equal in lengths.
ACTIVITY 30 : To verify that equal arcs of a circle 83 subtend equal angles at the centre.
ACTIVITY 31 : To verify that the angle subtended by 85 an arc of a circle at the centre, is double the angle subtended by it on any point in the remaining part of the circle.
ACTIVITY 32 : To verify that the angles in the same 88 segment of a circle are equal.
ACTIVITY 33 : To verify that an angle in a semi circle 90 is a right angle.
ACTIVITY 34 : To verify that the sum of either pair 92 of opposite angles of a cyclic quadrilateral is 180°
ACTIVITY 35 : To verify that the sum of a pair of 94 opposite angles of a noncyclic quadrilateral is not equal to 180°
ACTIVITY 36 : To verify that the tangent at any point of circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact.
ACTIVITY 37 : To verify that the lengths of the two tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are equal.
ACTIVITY 38 : To understand the meaning of different trigonometric ratios using the circular board.
ACTIVITY 39 : To estimate the trigonometric ratios of some special angles such as 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°
ACTIVITY 40 : To verify that the values of trigonometric ratios of an angle do not vary with the lengths of the sides of the triangle.
ACTIVITY 41 : T o verify standard trigonometric identities.
Activity 42 : (i) T o understand the concept of surface area and volume of solids.
( i i ) To verify the fact that increasedecrease in the volume of a solid may not result the same change in its surface area.