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December 8, 2010 Geometry Trees By Brent Vasicek
Grades 3–5

    The holidays are a time of excitement. The standard pencil pushing assessment just doesn't seem to fit. Below is a geometry assessment that turns into a great hallway display for the holiday season.

    Starting in December, I like to take some time to switch gears in math by doing some geometry. We review plane and solid figures, discuss symmetry and polygons, and introduce angles and circumference.  Basically, there is a lot of vocabulary to be accountable for.

    To assess the students' ownership of the vocabulary, I created geome-trees. It is art project. It is a math assessment. It is a hallway display. Three in one. The only supplies you need are construction paper and glue.

    • First, create a list of geometry vocabulary words for which you want to hold students accountable. Here is my list of 20:  
    1. acute angle
    2. isosceles triangle
    3. obtuse angle
    4. right angle
    5. equilateral triangle
    6. parallel
    7. perpendicular
    8. square
    9. rectangle
    10. rhombus
    11. parallelogram
    12. trapezoid
    13. pentagon
    14. hexagon
    15. octagon
    16. circle
    17. circumference
    18. diameter
    19. radius
    20. chord
    • Next, tell the students their mission: Using construction paper, create and decorate a Christmas tree that contains examples of the vocabulary words. This tree will be glued to a blue or black background. To incorporate additional examples, presents may be placed under the tree.
    • Last, have the students label the tree with the words. Often I print off the vocabulary words on address stickers and allow the students to peel and stick.

     

    Vasicek Geometry Far  Vasicek Geometree Close 

     

    When you are done, you can put up your decorative and educational hallway display.

    What simple, educational art projects do you do in your classroom?

    Happy holidays,

    Brent

    www.mrvasicek.com

    The holidays are a time of excitement. The standard pencil pushing assessment just doesn't seem to fit. Below is a geometry assessment that turns into a great hallway display for the holiday season.

    Starting in December, I like to take some time to switch gears in math by doing some geometry. We review plane and solid figures, discuss symmetry and polygons, and introduce angles and circumference.  Basically, there is a lot of vocabulary to be accountable for.

    To assess the students' ownership of the vocabulary, I created geome-trees. It is art project. It is a math assessment. It is a hallway display. Three in one. The only supplies you need are construction paper and glue.

    • First, create a list of geometry vocabulary words for which you want to hold students accountable. Here is my list of 20:  
    1. acute angle
    2. isosceles triangle
    3. obtuse angle
    4. right angle
    5. equilateral triangle
    6. parallel
    7. perpendicular
    8. square
    9. rectangle
    10. rhombus
    11. parallelogram
    12. trapezoid
    13. pentagon
    14. hexagon
    15. octagon
    16. circle
    17. circumference
    18. diameter
    19. radius
    20. chord
    • Next, tell the students their mission: Using construction paper, create and decorate a Christmas tree that contains examples of the vocabulary words. This tree will be glued to a blue or black background. To incorporate additional examples, presents may be placed under the tree.
    • Last, have the students label the tree with the words. Often I print off the vocabulary words on address stickers and allow the students to peel and stick.

     

    Vasicek Geometry Far  Vasicek Geometree Close 

     

    When you are done, you can put up your decorative and educational hallway display.

    What simple, educational art projects do you do in your classroom?

    Happy holidays,

    Brent

    www.mrvasicek.com

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