4.8 Properties of Twodimensional Shapes
Unit Goals
 Students classify triangles and quadrilaterals based on the properties of their side lengths and angles, and learn about lines of symmetry in twodimensional figures. They use their understanding of these attributes to solve problems, including problems involving perimeter and area.
Section A Goals
 Classify triangles (including right triangles), parallelograms, rectangles, rhombuses, and squares based on the properties of their side lengths and angles.
 Identify and draw lines of symmetry in twodimensional figures.
Section B Goals
 Solve problems involving unknown side lengths, perimeter, area, and angle measurements using the known attributes and properties of twodimensional shapes.
Section A: Side Lengths, Angles, and Lines of Symmetry
Problem 1
Preunit
Practicing Standards: 3.G.A.1
 Which shapes are quadrilaterals?
 Which shapes are rhombuses?
 Which shapes are rectangles?
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Problem 2
Preunit
Practicing Standards: 3.MD.C.7, 3.MD.D.8
Find the perimeter and area of the rectangle. Explain or show your reasoning.
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Problem 3
Preunit
Practicing Standards: 3.G.A.2
Select all images that show half of the shaded rectangle.
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Problem 4
 Name some attributes that these shapes share.
 Name some attributes that the shapes do not share.
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Problem 5
 Which of the triangles are right triangles?
 Which of the triangles have an obtuse angle?
 Which of the triangles have 3 acute angles?
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Problem 6
Here are 3 rhombuses:
 What attributes do the rhombuses share?
 What attributes are different in the three rhombuses?
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Problem 7
Draw the lines of symmetry for these letters:
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Problem 8
Complete each figure so that the dashed line is a line of symmetry for the new figure.
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Problem 9
Exploration
Draw all the lines of symmetry you can find in this snowflake. How many can you find?
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Problem 10
Exploration
Draw each shape and all the lines of symmetry you can find in it.
 rectangle
 rhombus
 square
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Section B: Reason about Attributes to Solve Problems
Problem 1

What is the perimeter of the rhombus? Explain or show your reasoning.

Diego says he can find the area of this rectangle because he knows two side lengths.
Do you agree with Diego? Explain your reasoning.
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Problem 2
 Draw the lines of symmetry for the windmill blades.
 Each blade is 5 feet long and \(1 \frac{1}{2}\) feet wide. What is the perimeter of the windmill? Explain or show your reasoning.
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Problem 3
Here is a rectangle R.

What shape can be folded along a line of symmetry to give R? What are the side lengths of that shape?
 What shape can be folded twice along lines of symmetry to give R? What are its side lengths?
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Problem 4
Exploration
How many lines of symmetry are there in this design? Explain or show how you know.
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Problem 5
Exploration
Make a shape or design with one or more lines of symmetry. Trade shapes with a partner and find all of the lines of symmetry of your partner's shape. You may find pattern blocks helpful to make your shape or design.
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