Math in Our World: Collage Home

The shapes are different colors and sizes. The pieces are in shape groups. 5 rhombuses in all. 3 squares. 5 rectangles. 4 trapezoids. 3 pentagons. 7 triangles.

My niece Raveyn and I cut some paper into shapes. We’re going to use them to make a collage of a home. A collage is a piece of art you make by gluing pieces of paper or another material onto a surface.

We are going to use 15 shapes to make a collage of our home. It will include these types of shapes: quadrilaterals, triangles, and pentagons.

  1. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
  2. Use pictures, words, or numbers to show what the collage home might look like.
  3. What math questions can you ask about the collage home? Answer all the questions you can!

Do you need help remembering the characteristics of each shape? Here is a reminder:

  • Quadrilaterals have 4 sides. Some types of special quadrilaterals are: squares, rectangles, trapezoids, rhombuses, and parallelograms.
  • Triangles have 3 sides.
  • Pentagons have 5 sides.
Quadrilaterals have 4 sides.
Triangles have 3 sides.
Pentagons have 5 sides.
  • Try drawing a picture of a home using the shapes in the collage. Remember, we are planning to use 15 shapes in all, including some quadrilaterals, some triangles, and some pentagons.
  • Use tally marks to count how many of each type of shape you used.
  • Show your work to someone else, and explain your thinking. Did they understand?
  • Ask whether they have any other questions you can answer!

Create your own paper home collage.

  • What shapes will you use?
  • Can you include quadrilaterals, triangles, and pentagons?
  • How many shapes will you use in all?

Show us your own home collages! Include a note describing the types of shapes you used.