Pentomino Puzzle

Lesson #10037

Create Pentomino sets for the class.
Can use either AllStar or SureCut Dies.

Play with pentomino puzzles by tiling a rectangular box with pentominoes. Since there are 12 pentomino pieces, each with an area of 5 unit squares, the rectangle should have an area of 60 units. Therefore, consider creating 6" x 10", 5" x 12", 4" x 15" and 3" x 20" rectangles based on student ability. Cover each rectangle with the pieces without any overlap or gaps.

Play with Pentomino puzzles by tiling a rectangular area with pentominoes, without overlapping any pieces or leaving gaps.

16715-LG-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Pentominoes (4 Die Set) - Large A10733-Ellison AllStar Die Set - Pentominoes (4 Die Set) 30320-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Common Core Mega (65 Die Set) 30321-Prestige Pro Super Saver w/SureCut Common Core Mega Set

Note: This lesson can be created using either Ellison AllStar or SureCut Dies.

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Laminator

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut Pentominos from various colors of construction paper, cardstock or poly foam (Figure A).
  2. If using construction paper or cardstock, consider laminating the paper before die-cutting for sturdier, longer-lasting results (see Main Photo).

Math: Geometry

Pre-K-5: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to apply transformations and use symmetry to analyze mathematical situations.

  • In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, all students should recognize and apply slides, flips and turns.
  • In grades 3-5, all students should predict and describe the results of sliding, flipping and turning two-dimensional shapes.
  • In grades 6-8, all students should describe sizes, positions and orientations of shapes under informal transformations such as flips, turns, slides and scaling.
  • In grades 9-12, all students should understand and represent translations, reflections, rotations and dilations of objects in the plane by using sketches, coordinates, vectors, function notation and matrices.

Standards are listed with permission from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, copyright 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). NCTM does not endorse the content or validity of these alignments.

Source:Principles and Standards for School Mathematics

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