Fun Ideas for Special Angle Pairs
Alternate, corresponding, and vertical angles, oh my! Although some lessons can become monotonous and uninspiring, special angle pairs are so easy to make fun and interesting!
It’s never good to feel stuck in the routine of lectures, notes, research, and quiet independent work. Spice up your Geometry lesson with a few creative and unique ideas.
So, how do we liven up teaching transversals?
I have a few activities that are simple for you to create, and engaging and meaningful for your students!
I've separated this post out into introduction, practice, and challenge activities for lessons on transversals and angle theorems.
First, students will need to be able to identify angle pairs, then know the properties and relationships that exist when the lines that the tranversal intersects happen to be parallel. The perfect solution for you and your students is to incorporate doodle notes into your lesson.
Kids can draw out a big transversal crossing a pair of lines in their notebook and then color code. They can then make an attempt at structuring their own sketch notes for the properties that special angle pairs have when the lines are parallel.
Colors and patterns help students to learn and remember the special angle pairs, plus they can reference the visual notes at any time and use their color and pattern codes to identify the special angles.
- identifying special angle pairs
- alternate interior
- alternate exterior
- same-side interior
- same-side exterior
- theorems for parallel lines that intersect a transversal
- converses of the theorems
- using linear pairs and the special angle pairs to find missing angle measures
- practice and examples
The proven benefits of communication between the two hemispheres of the brain include focus, learning, memory/retention, and even relaxation.
The right and left hemispheres of the brain communicate through the corpus callosum, a fiber bridge that crosses between the two sides. When you encourage interaction between the hemispheres of the brain, you strengthen this connection. In addition to doodle notes, there are many other ways to activate the right brain in your math class!
A recent study proved that doodling increases focus and the ability to recall new information. With these color-it-in, doodle-friendly note sheets, your students can use their colored pencils and the right side of their brains, and then remember key vocabulary, math examples, and new concepts more easily.
It’s amazing to see students so engaged while making connections in their minds about a topic. This makes the concept really stick!
Once students are familiar with identifying angle pairs and the properties, they will love trying an exciting game for hands-on practice! This familiar game will help the students remember these properties in an active, engaging way.
Take a look at this video on how to play “Twisted Fingers.” Or read on for a description.
Students play in small groups. The spinner tells what type of angle pair to find and whether to place fingers or thumbs on it. The game is over when a player cannot simultaneously keep the correct fingers on the correct spaces or cannot reach an angle pair that fits the criteria.
Do you ever struggle with keeping fast learners occupied and engaged, while also extending their learning? Thinking of new, creative ways to extend learning can be difficult. For those students who are ready for an extra challenge when teaching transversals, try this rolling ball game.
In this game, students use properties and theorems for parallel lines cut by a transversal, and then write and solve systems of equations to determine angle measures.
It’s pretty tricky, so be ready!
For easy differentiation, there are 2 separate worksheets that you can use to meet and challenge each student’s ability.
I hope you find some of these unique ideas helpful for your teaching! Do you have any creative ways to introduce, practice, or offer a challenge for your students when teaching this unit? Comment below; we’d love to hear your thoughts!
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