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Teaching Angles: 5 Activities for your Classroom

by David

Teaching angles can be challenging with students seeming to grasp the idea one day and then lose it the next day.

Below are a few activities I use to keep students’ understanding of angles topped up.

Door Angles

Using strong white tape suitable for the floor, show the angles to which the door may be opened like in the picture. This is a great way of helping students interact with angles visually everyday!

Angles in a Name

Teaching right angles can be a good place to start when introducing angles to students for the first time. Ask students to write their names in block capitals using a ruler on a blank piece of A4. Then ask them to find the angles within the letters in their names. So the rights angles in “T” for example.

You can use the name of the school to make a brilliant wall display, celebrities or topical events.

Angles BINGO

No matter what topic you are teaching, Bingo is great. On Pinterest there are thousands of free BINGO worksheets on Angles that you can download, print, and have fun with your class.

Masking Tape on Tables

Tape random straight lines across students’ tables to create lots of angles where the tape overlaps. Then ask your students to sit around the table with a marker, and encourage them to classify as many angles as they could. After classifying angles, your pupils can then move on to measuring them. See if they can spot any relationships between angles.

Time for Angles

Using your classroom clock ask at various points during the day what the time it is. Then ask them what kind of angle is formed between the two hands: acute, right, reflex, or obtuse. If they can easily tell the type of the angle, you can then ask them to estimate the size.

Geometry with Emile

We of course believe in the impact Emile can make in your classroom. Try Geometry with Emile for free in your classroom and allocate an “Angles” assignment.

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