Soma Cube 2Task 161 ... Years 2  10SummaryThe Soma Cube is a 3D jigsaw which has challenged people of all ages since its invention in 1927. A cube is created by fitting the seven pieces together. Students of all ages like to try and are often amazed by the number of solutions.Soma Cube 2 also appears on the Picture Puzzles Shape & Space A menu where the problem is presented using one screen, two learners, concrete materials and a challenge. In this context it is called Soma Cube and includes Soma Cube 1 in the same Picture Puzzle. 
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IcebergA task is the tip of a learning iceberg. There is always more to a task than is recorded on the card. 
Students are usually attracted by the challenge of making the cube from the pieces, and may then get quite competitive about the speed with which they can put it together. In the process the activity is supporting the development of the student's spatial sense, a very useful attribute for a mathematician.
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Whole Class InvestigationTasks are an invitation for two students to work like a mathematician. Tasks can also be modified to become whole class investigations which model how a mathematician works. 
If you want to make a class set of Soma Cubes, Task 105, Soma Cube 1, shows how the seven pieces are created from cubes. However, one copy of this task is sufficient to run a whole class investigation over time. The task can be at a work station and the students can visit on rotation. The three challenges are to:
At this stage, Soma Cube 2 does not have a matching lesson on Maths300. 
Is it in Maths With Attitude?Maths With Attitude is a set of handson learning kits available from Years 310 which structure the use of tasks and whole class investigations into a week by week planner. 
The Soma Cube 2 task is an integral part of:
