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Measurement and Geometry Activities

Here in Colorado, we have two more months of school before summer break, and as of last week, we have taught ALL of our math standards!  Yay! Now it's on to some collaborative math projects, STEM activities, and enrichment while we review all of the concepts we worked on this year.  Before we begin those super fun activities, though, we had to finish up our geometry and measurement unit, and I'm here to share some of the geometry activities we did!

Includes a variety of measurement and geometry activities for upper elementary, plus a fun whole class review game using task cards.

Geometry Note Keeper

For ALL of our geometry concepts, we compiled our notes into a big Geometry Waterfall booklet.  We do A LOT of interactive note-booking throughout the year, so I wanted to change it up a bit for this unit, and they really enjoyed it!  Here is a peek inside our waterfall booklets, which we used before all of our geometry activities.

geometry waterfall booklet

Area and Perimeter

We started with area and perimeter.  The notes they took were really basic since they remembered many of these skills from third grade.  Here is another blog post I wrote about perimeter and area with a ton of other ideas and activities that we did in the past and did again this go around!

These differentiated area and perimeter flipbook lessons are also great for teaching, skill reinforcement, and engaging practice

geometry perimeter and area notes upper elementary
geometry perimeter and area notes upper elementary

Line Study

Then, we worked on line study.  This is one of my favorite parts because of the line study activity we do every year.  Kids love it SO much!  Here is a look at the very basic page in our booklet…

geometry line study notes upper elementary

Now the fun begins!  My kids make their own hands-on line study packets for practicing.  You can read more about that in these Geometry Line Study and Geometry Line Study Take 2 posts.

geometry line study notes upper elementary
hands on geometry line practice upper elementary
geometry line study practice upper elementary

Angles

Next it was on to angels.

geometry angles notes upper elementary

This angles anchor chart looks like SO MUCH when it is all put together.  However, we did this over the course of two or three days and walked through each step.  It would have been far too overwhelming to do all at once, so I don't recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚  I have blogged about angles and the activities we do in these Geometry Focus: Angles and Angles, Angles, Angles blog posts. This year, I added to this anchor chart with each new lesson, and the kids loved it!

angles anchor chart upper elementary

You can also take your review of identifying, measuring, drawing, and adding angles to the next level with this flipbook! It acts as a mini interactive notebook that covers a variety of strategies relating to angles. The left hand side of each page helps to teach the focus skill, acting as a mini anchor chart that students interact with and complete. On the right hand side, students engage in identifying types of angles, measuring angles, calculating additive angles, drawing angles, and more!

Polygons

Next, it was on to classifying polygons.  We really didn't spend too much time on this after we made our waterfall booklets.  We played a few games during math workshop, and they caught on very quickly!

geometry classifying polygons notes upper elementary

Symmetry

Finally, we worked for a day or two on symmetry.  Again, they were familiar with the concept, so we took it a bit further with our discussion.

geometry symmetry notes upper elementary

They created shapes using pattern blocks and mirrors to check for symmetry.  If you've never taught symmetry this way, I HIGHLY recommend it!

using mirrors to teach symmetry upper elementary

Measurement

When we were done with these concepts (which took about three weeks in total, between whole group instruction and math workshop rotations), it was on to measurement! On the first day of instruction, we reviewed the difference between Customary and Metric measurement, which was actually a big struggle for a lot of my kids.  We also reviewed relative size using an anchor chart I found on Pinterest!  If you are the original creator of this chart, please let me know!

measurement anchor chart upper elementary

The next day, we briefly introduced converting measures, which again, was fairly foreign to most of them.  It was SO nice that day (and we were in the middle of state testing), so we took it outside.  I created a quick little sheet that gave them specific things to measure on our playground.  Then, they had to convert into feet, inches, yards, etc. as well as centimeters and meters.  It was just the break we needed!

You can download a copy of the SUPER BASIC recording sheet HERE.

The next day, we combined all of our geometry and measurement skills with these real world task cards.  My students loved them so much that they started taking and drawing their own pictures and writing questions! I love to see students take action like that.

One more connection we made to the real world was with our Geometry Circle Map.  Students found examples in the real world and we put them into a circle map.  I keep forgetting to take a picture of ours, but here's one from a few years ago…

geometry circle map upper elementary

Geometry Activities Review Game

Once we were done with measurement, it was time to review ALL of the learning we had done for the past month.  This was undeniably the highlight of the unit!  I combined all of the concepts we had worked on and made a quiz style review game using task cards.  Set up was easy because I already had the task cards made for each topic from math workshop.  You can read more about how we play the game with fractions HERE (there is also a link to download the point cards and a recording sheet).  This time, though, I made it a little bit simpler and just had teams get FULL points if they were the first done and got it correct, and then the rest of the kids got half points if they got it correct. That way there is still incentive to finish it and do well!

geometry review game upper elementary task cards
geometry review game upper elementary task cards

When a card was chosen, I would project it up on the document camera while groups read and solved it together.

geometry review game upper elementary task cards

Geometry Activities Task Card Bundle

When we were done with the game, my kids BEGGED me to put new cards in it and play again! You can purchase the task cards I used for the review game (and throughout my ENTIRE unit) in a Bundle HERE or separately if you only need a few sets! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy teaching.

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