I am the first to admit that Geometry was not my strong suit in high school. I’m more of an Algebra girl and couldn’t quite grasp the concept of proofs and why in the world I needed to learn about them.
I created a Geometry Guess It! Game for my students and modeled it after the game of Taboo. Students can play it in teams or you can play as a whole group. Basically, students have to describe a particular shape or geometry concept using attributes. Each card that they hold in their hand has the words, “do not use” written at the top. Students cannot use certain words when they are describing the shape.
My students beeggg me to play this game. They are a little apprehensive at first, but they quickly show their creativity after a few rounds. You can find the game HERE.
How Many Triangles Can You Find?
Hands-On Learning: Polygons
The best way to practice this concept is simply to practice it in a variety of ways. I always print out small cards with pictures of the quadrilaterals and triangles and laminate them. During math workshop as I work with my students at the back table, students use the laminated shapes and create the hierarchies. I have each one verbalize how the shapes relate to one another. I also use these heirarchy sorts for additional hands-on practice!
Try some of these activities and watch your students LOVE math class!
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