Geometry is all about vocabulary. This is where I start, spend time, and end. It is more than just memorizing definitions though, students have to be able to use the vocabulary when describing figures, and that is where it gets tricky! So, here’s the plan:
A Geometry Story to Hook Them
My students L.O.V.E. StudyJams, so I use that to my advantage. We are really struggling with angles this year, and they just happen to have a Step by Step on classifying angles, so that is definitely high on our list!
Kinesthetic Movements for Geometry
I am all about little chants that get stuck in your head. We use the ones above for angles. We say them three times each in a different voice each time. They get stuck in your brain, to the point of annoyance, but I will never get tired of hearing a kid say, “Little and cute, acute!” while running across the playground at recess.
Use Your Classroom as a Geometry Search Zone
Have students go around your classroom and search for objects that show parallel lines, perpendicular lines, and angles to take a picture of and label. Bonus points if you use an app like Skitch to label the photograph!
For example, in the picture above can you find at least:
-four sets of parallel lines
-three right triangles
-eleven right angles
-three acute angles
-two obtuse angles
Lots of Authentic Geometry Practice!