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Drawing rectangular grids

Even students in their first year of formal schooling can learn the structure of the rectangular grid. Drawing exercises are a particularly enjoyable way of learning about them.

It is best to start with small grids. Very young students may be able to copy a 2 \(\times\) 1 grid, but a 2 \(\times\) 2 'window' may be more challenging.

Four squares arranged in a two by two pattern.

A 2 \(\times\) 2 'window'.

Make sure students are aware of the structure of a window, and that they can draw one successfully, before extending the challenge to larger grids.

Suitable activities for drawing attention to the structure of rectangular grids include the following:

  • using counters to mark the 'corners' of the grids
  • drawing grids assembled from single squares
  • cutting grids into rows or columns, reassembling them and then drawing the grid
  • copying grids from a drawing or model and then drawing them from memory
  • drawing grids on grid paper
  • counting the number of squares in grids.