Even though I taught (and LOVE) Algebra, there’s one thing that I will always love about Geometry: it’s hands-on and visual. I do realize Algebra can be hands-on and visual too, and I tried to teach it that way. But there is something much more obviously visual and tangible about Geometry. And I think this makes it fun! So if you’re looking for a fun, engaging Geometry resource for 4th grade or 5th grade, you will love this measuring angles activity. (Although you could certainly use it as a review with older kiddos!). This set of matching puzzles can be used lots of different ways, and will make a fun addition to your Geometry unit.
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Materials Needed for this Measuring Angles Activity:
- Card stock (for durability)
- Protractors for students
- And I suggest you laminate them to be used again and again, but this is optional
Preparing the Angle Measure Puzzles:
To get started, print out the set of angle puzzles (click the link at the end to get them from my shop). I suggest printing on card stock and then laminating them so they will last a long time.
I printed on colored card stock, just for fun, but white works perfectly well. 🙂
Once they’re ready, cut each puzzle into two pieces.
Then they’re ready to use!
To complete, students simply measure angles with a protractor, then match the angle to the correct degree measure.
Ways to Use this Measuring Angles Activity in the Classroom:
First, these would make a great math center. Have the puzzle pieces prepped and in a ziplock bag with some protractors, and it’s an easy way to get some additional practice.
You could also use them as a fun, quiet activity for early finishers.
Another idea is to use these as a way to practice estimating angle measures using benchmarks. Students would first match the puzzle pieces based on how it relates to 90 degrees or 180 degrees. Then, they would go back to measure and check their answers.
Finally, I think it would be fun to put students in small groups and let them race each other to measure and match all the angles correctly. In this case, you will need a complete set of puzzles for each group. Then give each student a protractor and see which group can correctly match all 15 first.
And whether you use these in groups or with individuals, I would also have students classify the angles after measuring into acute, obtuse or right angles.
And if you’re looking for more ideas to learn about angles, angle measures, and classifying angles, check out this free activity pack to go along with the book, Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland!
This is such a fun book, and the lesson pack includes a fun measuring angles project that your students might enjoy.
And if you’re learning about the angle measures of a triangle, check out this fun, hands-on lesson!
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