Shape, Shape, Shape

This mathematics series for lower - middle primary students explores 2D and 3D shapes. In a fantasy bushland setting two characters, Bunyip and Swaggie, playfully explore the qualities of various shapes making the concepts accessible to young children. The series is designed to support learning in Band A and levels one, two and three of the Space Strand in the Mathematics Curriculum Profile and Statement for Australian Schools. Each program investigates a different 3D object by examining its attributes, nets and functions; exploring the shapes of the faces; slicing, turning and transforming the shape; looking at 2D representations of the 3D shapes and finding examples of the shapes in the real world.

Ep 1 - Boxes and Rectangles In this program, Bunyip's television needs to be sent off for repair and Swaggie suggests using a box to protect it. They look at various boxes in the real world such as buildings, cassettes and loaves of bread and explore the related mathematical concepts.

Ep 2 - Cubes and Squares In this program, Bunyip is constructing a barbeque from wooden boxes. Swaggie arrives with a rectangular box full of one of Bunyip's favourite treats - muckle worms. They compare the features of the different boxes and see that they both have edges, 8 corners and 6 faces. Bunyip learns that her boxes are special though, because they have square faces which are all the same size and are called cubes.

Ep 3 - Spheres and Circles The mischievous Bunyip has designed a ten pin bowls set, featuring a small ramp and ten miniature pins that look like Swaggie. She is having a problem though because she cannot find the special shaped object needed to roll down the ramp and knock over the pins. She tries shapes like boxes, but they don't go far enough. Even though Swaggie is not amused by her game of knocking Swaggie look-a-likes over, he helps Bunyip by suggesting a sphere. The sphere works because its curved surface allows it to roll. The two characters explore mathematical concepts relating to spheres and circles.

Ep 4 - Triangles Bunyip is building a letterbox so she can get letters from Swaggie while he's away wandering. The letterbox is a triangular prism that has to sit on three legs. Unfortunately, the legs collapse when the letterbox is placed on top of them. She discovers that the solution is to join the three legs at the base to create another triangular prism. This works because the triangular shape adds strength. Various triangular shapes are found in the real world where they add strength to a range of constructions and objects.

Ep 5 - Cylinders Swaggie and Bunyip are having a cookout and they have a lump of dough that needs to be rolled out. They try a ball but realise it will take too long and that the solution is something that rolls but is long - a cylinder. Bunyip brings up a cylinder from her hole. It works well but unfortunately Swaggie recognises it as his missing favourite cylinder. He is annoyed and to distract him, Bunyip explores the features of a cylinder - a curved surface with two flat circular faces. They also find a wide range of objects in the real world which are cylinders. The two characters explore mathematical concepts relating to cylinders.

Ep 6 - Cones It's National Swaggies' Day and Bunyip has decided to make money by selling billabong sand in little bottles at Bunyip's Bargain Bazaar. Swaggie helps out by trying to pour the sand into the bottles using a cylinder, but it does not work. They need something which is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom and eventually come up with a cone shape. The characters examine the features of a cone - a curved surface, one edge and one flat circular face - and observe that a cone will stand on its base, but not on its point - unless it spins. They explore mathematical concepts relating to cones.

Ep 7 - All Sorts This program brings together all the various shapes looked at in the previous episodes. Bunyip is unhappy because her home is littered with all sorts of 3D shapes and is a mess. She is trying to tidy up but has marsh measles and feels dreadful. Swaggie decides to cheer her up by playing different games. These involve the following:describing features of unseen shapes - cubes and pyramids; looking for shapes in their surroundings - spheres and cylinders; sorting shapes into those with curved and flat surfaces; stacking shapes; looking at patterns of shapes.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Producer: 
Production Year: 
2000
Duration: 
7 x 15 mins
Series Episode
Standard $220
Schools $198
Home $198


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