Lesson Plan

The Attributes of Polygons

Get your students discussing the attributes of polygons by having them categorize statements as always, sometimes, or never true. Use this lesson independently or alongside *Characteristics of Polygons.*
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Characteristics of Polygons lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Characteristics of Polygons lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to categorize polygons by attributes.

Language

Students will be able to discuss the attributes of polygons using a graphic organizer and key vocabulary.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
Drawing and Identifying PolygonsTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceWhat is True About the Shapes?Vocabulary Cards: The Attributes of PolygonsGlossary: The Attributes of Polygons
  • Have students take out their whiteboard and whiteboard markers, and instruct them to draw a shape of their choice. Then, have them turn and talk to a partner about how their shapes are similar and different. Listen for key words students use and jot them down.
  • Tell students that you heard them talking about the attributes, or the characteristics, of the shapes by pointing out things like how many sides they have, if they are straight or rounded sides, and their angles.
  • Read the student-friendly Language Objective and have students repeat it aloud. Tell them that today, they will be discussing the attributes of different shapes to help them get a strong understanding of how the shapes are related to each other.