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Lesson Plans
Gumdrop Geometry
3rd–5th Grade
Objectives Objectives
  • Students will identify geometry terms and correctly match them to corresponding figures.
  • Students will build and identify angles, 2-D shapes and 3-D shapes.
Materials Materials Needed

Print and cut apart the Geometry Match-Up Cards. Put a loop of tape on the back of each card. Display the cards on the classroom board (or use a document camera), grouping the word cards on one side and the picture cards on the other side. Print a copy of the recording sheet reproducible for each student.

Procedure Procedure

  1. Explain to students that you are going to review geometry terms and their meanings.
  2. One at a time, have volunteers come to the board. Prompt them to choose a word and match it to the corresponding picture. Invite the other students to affirm or correct each volunteer’s choice.
  3. As students match the words and pictures, reinforce the meaning of each term. For example, say, “An acute angle is an angle that measures less than 90 degrees” or “A hexagon is a figure with six equal sides.”

Independent Practice Independent Practice

  1. Divide students into pairs. Provide each pair with the Geometric Figure Building Cards, a recording sheet, 35 gumdrops, 50 toothpicks and a paper plate (to use as a building surface).
  2. Instruct students to use the toothpicks and gumdrops to build the shapes and angles on the cards.
  3. After students have built each shape or angle, have them draw it on the recording sheet. Prompt students to fill in the missing information. Check answers using the answer key.
  4. Encourage students to remove the toothpicks and enjoy their gumdrops as a snack!

the 3rd–5th Grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)




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