When we were fully remote and then hybrid, I wanted to give my students options in their learning and I wanted one of the learning options to be visual. When I set up my Canvas for a lesson, I have a table where the left side is read and the right side is watch. On the left side I include these infonotes (yes, I made that up but it’s my blog so I can, LOL) and some hand written notes. On the watch side I include videos, some made by me and some that I have found. Some students (I’m one of those students) don’t like to watch videos, but some students don’t understand without the video. This gives them the option to learn with a style that is best for them.
Now that we are back in person, I still post these options. They can learn from me, or they can chose to read or watch videos.
I’ve included my infonotes for the quadrilateral unit. I have them for every unit in Geometry so I’ll need to get around to posting those :-).
I also used these two activities I have previously posted as an exploration for interior and exterior angles.
I modified these Desmos activities I found to use with this unit. They are wonderful as is, but some of my lower functioning kiddos struggle with explaining so we have a conversation instead of typing. I posted the original activities below so it also gives credit to the author. One day soon (as soon as my dissertation is done) I will be creating in Desmos!!!
A few weeks ago I shared the Exit Tickets I created for this unit. Click here to see that post.
And last but not least, I have an Escape Room that I use as a review for Quadrilaterals. If you want to see your students submissions, just make your own Google Form and have students use yours instead of the one on the escape room site.
You should be set to teach Quadrilaterals. I hope you find something you can use.
This idea has been rolling around in my head, especially when I’m on the elliptical working out, so I’m excited to try it out with students.
The idea behind this activity is to get students to think about the properties of quadrilaterals. There are so many rules to remember and there isn’t a ton of application. I know what you are thinking, then why are we teaching it? Well, it’s still one of our state standards and it’s on the ACT/SAT test, and there is some great logical thinking that happens during this unit.
They will create a comic with two quadrilaterals. In the comic, they must work at least 3 properties for each quadrilateral into the story. The characters are the quadrilaterals themselves.
I wanted this to be 8.5 x 11 so we can put it in iBooks or Kindle when we are finished. Wait, you didn’t know you could do that? Never fear, the instructions are listed below.
I created my own template but I also share others that I have altered and some that aren’t altered but you can use if you don’t care about making it an actual book.
I will begin this with students tomorrow so I will update this with students samples once I have them. Here is an example comic I made to show students.
I have also created the activity sheet that I will post in Canvas. I plan to introduce this after our Geogebra Exploration and then give them the entire unit to complete it.
Once your comic completed, you can go to File-Download as PDF. I move this to my GoogleDrive. On you phone or iPad, go to the file in Drive and click the 3 dots in the corner. Click open in and scroll to the end of your apps where is says more. Once you select more, Kindle and iBooks are both an option. It won’t work with Kindle if the file is too big.
I have some additional tips and tricks for creating comics on infinitelyteaching.com. Check out that post for more ideas.
Let me know if you use this idea. I love to see the creations from other classrooms.
Here is another set of exit tickets for you to use.
This set covers polygons and the parallelogram family. I also teach quadrilateral coordinate proofs during this unit. There isn’t an exit ticket for that section. A long time ago I found this project called White Beards Treasure. I love this activity, however, kids will Google it and the answers are online. To avoid this, I have changed our prompt many times. When I taught this during November I changed it to the Turkey Trot. This time I changed it to Sue the Dinosaur.