Looking for a new angle when it comes to teaching students how to identify simple angles and how to calculate and identify different configurations of angles?
We’ve been having a little too much fun here at the Teach Starter offices, digging deep into the ways we can make math class extra engaging. Here are some fun, yet worthwhile, angle activities for kids, plus some of our favorite teaching resources you could use in the classroom to improve your students’ understanding of angles.
Fun Angles Activities for Kids
Looking for Angles in Letters
To kick things off, this is a simple way to teach kids about angles that’s got a real-world application. Have students use a ruler to create the letter of their first name. The letters should be outlined and squared off — no rounding — like the H below.
Then, with the ruler, have each student draw random lines within their letter and color as they wish. What does this have to do with angles? Simple! Students then need to find as many angles as they can and measure each angle! This angle activity is easy, fun, and the results are pretty too.
Measure Angles in Pictures
This angle activity could be done individually, or you can print it onto a tabloid-size piece of paper and provide small groups with a copy. Each student in the group could be allocated a particular angle to find, or the sheet could be passed around for each student to find one angle at a time! When they’ve worked their way through the entire dog, challenge your students to measure the angles on a birthday cake or a pencil.
Is there ever a time when kids don’t like Bingo? We haven’t found one! Our students love yelling BINGO at the top of their lungs, and who can blame them (there are times we’d love to get loud in the classroom ourselves)?
Check out our Angles Bingo for a classroom game that will help them learn the differences between obtuse, right, and acute angles, and then some!
Washi Tape Fun!
How much do you love washi tape? Probably about as much as we love this angle activity for kids that puts this sticky stuff to use. In this activity, students stick bits of it all over a piece of cardstock.
Then they need to find and measure all of the angles they’ve just created. This could also be done on students’ desks, using a whiteboard marker and of course their trusty protractors!
Name the Angles
Using our grid paper template, instruct your students to use a ruler to write their name in pencil on the grid paper. Each letter should be squared off without any curved edges. Students then trace over their name with a pen and find each of the angles in their name. If their first name is short, they may wish to include their last name as well (or should we say … you might want to suggest they add their last names too?!).
As an extension activity, students could find reflex and straight angles.
Use this whole-class game as an angles activity to reinforce students’ understanding of complementary and supplementary angles. Print and cut out the game cards, and provide each student with a card.
The student that has the sentence ‘I am the starter’ begins the game by standing up and reading their card.
Once they have read their clue, the student that has the matching complementary or supplementary angle on their card stands up and reads what is on their card.
The game continues until the last person calls out that they’re finished.
Make an Angles Display
OK, so it’s not an activity for the kids exactly, but let’s face it: Angles can be pretty tricky when you are trying to learn all the different types and terms. Having a classroom display to help your students remember the different terms and angles is a must! We have a range of posters that are perfect to display in your classroom.
Here are some of our fantastic angle posters available to download today!
Angles and all their different names can be confusing, but this angle clappers activity with a Hollywood feel make angles fun.
These Angle Clappers take a bit of construction time, but they’re well worth it when they are done. Use these angle clappers to interactively show the different angles and their properties.
This is a fun angles activity for kids that has real-world application. Use Washi Tape and measure out the different angles the classroom door can hit as you open and close it. For ideas on how to make it work, check out this photo from Math in the Middle.
Teaching with PowerPoints is perfect whether you’ve got a classroom full of students or you’ve got kids learning from home. Some of our favorites for this portion of the math curriculum include Identifying Angles PowerPoint and Working with Angles PowerPoint.