Angles are everywhere! From corners to furniture edges, we are surrounded. Designers, builders, photographers and pool players are just some of the professionals who need to know about angles. I think angles bring a lot of beauty to the world. Here are a few fun activities to teach kids about angles.
Yarn Basics: Introducing the Angles
In order to teach about the angles, it’s a great idea for kids to know the definitions. An easy way to do this is to give students four pieces of both construction paper and yarn. Then, have students write the definition on a piece of construction paper. Next, have them draw each angle in pencil and check it with a protractor. They can write the degrees next to their yarn picture. Check out mathisfun.com to show kids how to use a protractor. Finally, have them glue the yarn over the pencil outline. Here are the four basic angles to teach kids.
Acute: Less than 90 degrees
Obtuse: Greater than 90 degrees
Right: 90 degrees
Straight: 180 degrees
A fun way to practice making angles is to take a bendable plastic straw and cut it so both sides are equal. You can tell students to make acute, obtuse and right angles. If you have them hold it up in front of their chests, it is a good informal assessment to see who knows their angles and who need a little more help.
‘Wanted’ Angle Posters
This is a fun way for kids to think about the characteristics of different angles. First, on a separate piece of paper, have students write a rough draft. They should decide what angle they want to describe. For instance, WANTED: Acute Angle. Description: Less than 90 degrees. Resembles a peace sign or a pointy part of a piece of pizza. Likes to hang out with acute triangles. When students have had their rough draft checked, have them move onto their final draft. On a piece of construction paper, they should write WANTED in large capital letters at the top of the page. Next, have them draw their angle (they can add a face and a hat to it too). Finally, they should write their description underneath the picture.
Go on a Classroom Angle Scavenger Hunt
Give students a four-column chart with acute, obtuse, straight and right as the heading for each column. Next, have them go around the room and draw or write down items in the class that have various angles. For instance, a book has four 90 degree angles. A ruler has an 180 degree angle and so on.
Teaching kids about angles can be a lot of fun!
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