The purpose of this lesson is to establish a hierarchy of quadrilaterals based on properties of angles and side lengths and to represent that hierarchy using a diagram. Students examine the relationships between different pairs of quadrilaterals, notably squares and rectangles but also squares and rhombuses, and trapezoids and parallelograms. They have worked with explicit examples of these shapes in previous lessons and described their defining attributes. In this lesson they put all of these relationships together to understand relationships between categories (MP7), such as:
- A quadrilateral that is both a rectangle and a rhombus is a square.
- Rhombuses, squares, and rectangles are all parallelograms, but parallelograms don't have to be rhombuses, rectangles, or squares.
Students should have access to straight edges, protractors, and patty paper throughout this lesson.
- Action and Expression
- Explain why a square is also a rectangle.
- Let’s learn more about rectangles and squares.
Materials to Copy
- Quadrilateral Clues
- Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2.
- Gather diagram from a previous lesson.
|Activity 1||15 min|
|Activity 2||20 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||10 min|
Teacher Reflection Questions
- Which One? (K–5), Stage 7: Grade 5 Shapes (Addressing)
- How Are They the Same? (1–5), Stage 5: Grade 5 Shapes (Addressing)
- How Are They the Same? (1–5), Stage 4: Grade 4 Shapes (Supporting)
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