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April 2, 2014

Geometry - Interactive Flip Notes (Tons of Pictures)

All year my students have been taking math notes in their composition books.  They each have a composition book devoted just to math (another one is only for Reading, and a 3rd is just for their Reading Log).  For Geometry though we made a paper flip book that we ended up gluing inside the composition book since we were going to use ALOT of pages.

We took 3 pieces of copy paper and stacked them so that the edges were about 1/2 inch from each other.  Then we folded it so that the 6 edges were equal distances from each other.   A quick staple and we were ready to get it set up.  I knew we wouldn't be able to fit Congruent Shapes or Polygons in the book, but I really wanted it to be able to be glued into the notebook and those pages needed a little more room.     

On the outside bottom of the flaps we wrote our different lessons.  We did this the day that we made the flip book so that the kids could easily turn to it on the specific day's lesson.  Now before we did any of the below lessons we always wrote our notes first so they could be used as reference.

The first lesson was Lines.  We headed outside during this lesson and they made notes on their clipboards of different things on our blacktop that we could label with the different names.  The basketball court, the fence, the playground equipment, the sun rays, the 4 square, tetherball, etc...

For this lesson on Angles we ended up drawing pictures that had to include an assortment of each type.  I spoke about it a couple of weeks ago - so much fun!    

Our Triangle lesson included having a partner game of drawing and labeling the different triangles.  We used rulers and our whiteboards to label, then their neighbor had to identify the different types.  Anything with a combination of a whiteboard, drawing, and a ruler - winner!  

Quadrilaterals included drawing more pictures and having to label the specific types again.  We did LOTS of naming, starting at the bottom and moving up in the diagram - "A square isn't just a square - it's also a rhombus (equal sides), a rectangle (90 degree angles), a parallelogram (2 sets of parallel lines), and a quadrilateral (4 sides)."

Geometry Task Cards - Lines, Angles, Triangles, Quadrangle

Now after 5 days of non stop Geometry, we had a little fun and reviewing using my Geometry Task Cards.  I stuck these cards up around the room and the kids moved around and had to identify the different lines, angles, triangles, etc.  It was a change of pace, and they LOVED it!  It always makes me feel good to be able to tell them that I made it for them.  :)

With circles we made circle drawings using a collection of round shapes in the classroom.

First, we gathered a collection of circles to trace.
Then we traced so we had a collection of sizes on our large construction paper.  I had them use colored pencil to trace the different sizes.   

Then they took the 3 sizes of circles and had to use a ruler to identify the diameter, radius, and chord.  This showed me comprehension since they had to pay attention to what size they were doing what.  

Congruent Figures went back into the actual notebook - We took a piece of colored copy paper, folded it in half, and then cut a square, a triangle, and an oval out to show that they were the same size, same shape - then we made sure to glue the oval and the triangle in different directions so it reminded them that the objects didn't have to be exactly the same direction to be congruent.

For our Polygon day, we drew more pictures to show comprehension.  With all the pictures they had to make a "key" on their picture with a tally chart of the different amounts of each polygon, triangle, angle, etc.  

Linking up with Jivey for her Math Wednesday Workshop!  I hope this helped you!  


  1. Thanks for all the pics. This is great! I'm planning to use interactive notebooks next year and these ideas are perfect. I'll just adapt a bit for 2nd grade!


  2. Your students did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing!

    PAWSitively Teaching.

  3. I love your flapbook! What a great way to keep it all in one place! Thanks for linking up!


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