Says!" with Geometry Terms
Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: September 15, 2001
I teach geometry terms throughout a unit, I always match a term,
such as "parallel lines," with a movement my body makes.
A few examples include:
- I extend my arms on each side with palms opened, indicating
that a line goes on in both directions.
Segment" - A line segment, on the other hand, would look
like a line (with arms extended) but my fists would be closed,
indicating that a line segment has 2 definite end points.
"Parallel Lines" - show arms looking like train tracks
"Right Angle" - extend your left arm over your head
(close to your left ear) and extend your right arms out to the
right side of you. Your head will look like that 90 degree angle
that is made.
your imagination and be creative! I've put all of the following
terms to "simon says" actions: line, line segment, ray,
parallel lines, intersecting lines, right angle, obtuse angle,
acute angle, line of symmetry, congruent, similar, vertex, perpendicular,
slide, flip and turn.
the game by having your entire class stand and participate. The
kids love it! As they get better and faster at it, try to trick
them...remember, if "simon doesn't say" to do something,
and they do it,they are out and have to sit down while play continues.
Make it a fun and light-hearted review and your kids will look
forward to learning each new term as your unit progresses. Good