Make Ziff's Carpenter's Square

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In this Cyberchase activity, learners make carpenter's squares and use them to measure square corners. Learners cut out the carpenter's square template and attach it to tagboard. Learners can use the tool to complete the "Square One" activity (see related resource) or measure square corners in the room. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, THIRTEEN, 2011

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • PBS
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The Volckhausen Family