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Learning objects Measures: scaling up

TLF ID L2310

Compare the areas of squares, rectangles and triangles before and after being scaled up (enlarged). Notice that 'similar shapes' in the mathematical sense have the same shape but different areas. Explore the relationship between side-length enlargement and area enlargement when scaling up shapes. This learning object is the second in a series of eight objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students manipulate shapes to distinguish between similar and non-similar plane shapes.
  • Students apply a formula to calculate the area of a range of shapes.
  • Students identify the relationship between side length and area in similar shapes.
Educational value
  • Demonstrates the relationship between side length and area in similar shapes.
  • Illustrates the meaning of similarity in plane shapes.
  • Features a range of scalable plane shapes with side lengths displayed in whole numbers.
  • Provides opportunities to use multiplication facts in ratio and scale situations.
  • Includes tables to help students record the relationship between side length and area in similar plane shapes.
  • Encourages students to recognise number patterns and make a general rule based on a series of observations.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Plane geometry
    • Mathematics/Generalisations
    • Mathematics/Shape perception
    • Mathematics/Ratio and proportion
    • Mathematics/Size and shape
    • Mathematics/Transformations
    • Mathematics/Scale
    • Mathematics/Scaling
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC 3130 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Howard Reeves
    • Address: Lindisfarne TAS 7015 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    Operating systems
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.