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Angle Activities Use this real-life virtual protractor to demonstrate or explore angle relationship patterns: a perfect match with grade 8 geometry expectation 8m41, "develop geometric relationships involving lines, triangles, and polyhedra, and solve problems involving lines and triangles."

An activity for Grade 1 students whereby they sort given shapes into one of a number of self-selected categories; for classrooms where teacher and students want to challenge themselves by using "MS Publisher".

Building an Icosahedron as a Class Project

This illustrated guide gives step-by-step instructions on how to construct a twenty-sided geometric figure, the icosahedron, using commonly available art supplies. This project is designed for middle-school and high-school students, and is based on the design used for the "World's Largest Icosahedron" constructed at the Geometry Center by 6-8th grade students during the summer of 1994.
CSC Webcasts - NEW
Dot and Grid Papers

Geometer's Sketchpad™

NEW content 2008-08-07

We have here one of the largest collections of resources, pre-made sketches, and activity directions for this dynamic geometry tool. Sketches and directions are listed by grade and numbered expectation.

Geometric Solids and Their Properties

A remarkable Java applet with many virtual 3D solids that can be rotated in virtual space, with the ability to color sides to enhance visualization and remove color to see just the "frame." Also contains lesson objectives and assessment ideas for a total of five (5) lessons using the applet. From NCTM "Illuminations."

The Geometry of Space Navigation

For grades 4-6 (grade 6 in particular), students go to this website from the Canadian Space Agency to learn and apply geometric ideas and skills in a space-themed setting.   Please note this site seems to work only with Internet Explorer, or Firefox 2.x.

The educator's guide has comprehensive overview of the programme as well as assessment tools that correlate with the existing curriculum and philosophies.

How High? Making and Using an Inclinometer to Measure the Heights of Very Tall Objects

Complete instructions for making, using, and interpreting the information gained from a simple inclinometer built from a paper protractor, straw, washer, and string. Addresses grade 6 Geometry expectation 6m83: "recognize and describe in mathematical language the occurrence and application of geometric properties and principles in the everyday world".

MathsNet Geometry

Excellent activities and tutorials from the leading UK math. website
Overlap - all files for the "overlap" focus activity

Paper Models of Polyhedra

Everything you ever needed to know about polyhedra (and more)!  On this site are more than eighty paper models available for free. You can download individual polyhedra, or on a separate page find a .zip file to download the whole set. The site is made overseas, so the English isn't perfect.

Pythagorean Theorem

Stacking Up Learn and practise basic plane shapes while solving a tricky puzzle.  From TVO Kids.
Teacher Technology Companions
for Geometry

These tables correlate geometry expectations for grades 3 through 8 to The Geometer's Sketchpad and internet resources on an expectation-by-expectation basis. (pdf)

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8

Tiling with Fireworks MX


Instructions for using Fireworks MX (Ministry licensed software) to make tiling designs: initial focus is on tool skills associated with the software, followed by tiling problems applying these skills .

Transformational Geometry: Visualizing Transformations

An interactive JAVA applet allowing users to visualize transformations as well as identify unknown transformations through observations of the behaviours of shapes.   As referenced from the Van de Walle grade band book, volume 2.

Transformational Geometry with a Word Processor


Step-by-step instructions for teachers or students to use a Word Processor (directions here apply to Corel Word Perfect) to do some flips and rotations.
Addresses grade 4 geometry expectation 4m83, "discover transformation patterns with and without the use of computer applications."
Web Protractor A must-see website: view, at least, "Make and Measure" - consider its remarkable utility for teaching, using a data projector or interactive white board

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Primary Geometry Activities Details
Five-Shape Picture

Students use MS Publisher to make a picture using at least five geometric shapes (Grade 1, geometry, expectation 1m51).  This activity uses a template that provides a frame for the picture, and a collection of shapes that can be dragged into the frame to build an interesting image.

The Quadrilateral Family

Two Geometer's Sketchpad files to develop relationships and conenctions among the four most common quadrilaterals (for Grade 2, geometry, expectation 2m44 ): square, rectangle, rhombus, and parallelogram.  Use "Quadrilaterals lite" as a teacher-led demonstration (e.g., with digital projector) to develop conceptual understanding and connections; consider using "Quadrilaterals student" for pairs or small groups of students to use, e.g. at a center, for consolidation.

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Cartesian Graphing Details
Basic Skills: Setting up The Grid One-page generalized directions sheet to set up the grid using The Geometer's Sketchpad®, set preferences so that integers are graphed, and using "snap points".
Basic Skills: Plotting and Labeling Points One-page generalized directions to plot single or multiple points, and how to label their coordinates.
Basic Skills: Drawing Plane Shapes on the Cartesian Plane

One-page generalized directions to plot plane shapes: useful for making scale drawings.

Catch The Fly A "Flash" game to help students learn the four quadrants of the Cartesian plane; addresses grade 7 geometry expectation 7m54, "plot points using all four quadrants of the Cartesian coordinate plane."
Grade 6 Coordinate Graphing An activity to address grade 6 geometry expectation 6m52, "explain how a coordinate system represents location, and plot points in the first quadrant of a Cartesian coordinate plane."
Grade 7 Introduction to Graphing

A superior activity in which students explore some of the properties and patterns associated with graphing on the Cartesian plane. Addresses grade 7 geometry expectation 7m54, "plot points using all four quadrants of the Cartesian coordinate plane."

Grade 7 Plotting Designs Directions to plot a design using GSP; students use the completed design to determine the patterns found on the Cartesian plane. Addresses grade 7 geometry expectation 7m54, "plot points using all four quadrants of the Cartesian coordinate plane."
Quizville A selection of interactive (Shockwave) activities about Cartesian geometry, for grades 6 upwards

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