# Teaching Angles Made Easy with Task Cards: Naming, Classifying, and Measuring

Don’t you just love the groans whenever you ask your students to take out a protractor while teaching angles?

I know. It’s my favorite thing too.

The truth of it is, much of the time, learning geometry does not feel all too applicable to our student’s lives. Not like financial literacy – the link is easy and direct. Kids love learning about how to make money.

But we need to teach geometry anyway – in particular, we need to teach **angles**.

**Why Include Naming, Classifying, and Measuring Angles When Teaching Angles?**

I know you know this, but I’ll say it anyway: through geometry, students get to work on their reasoning skills, AND they have a unique opportunity to develop their foundational **spatial sense** too.

Being able to **name, classify, and measure angles** gives us the vocabulary to talk about the world around us.

Of course, try using THAT explanation with a group of kids to motivate them without making them fall asleep.

And to top it off, once taught, the rigor of **practice** and **review** is necessary for retaining the knowledge – which can be *so boring*.

So how can we make **reviewing angles **of all things more **accessible** and **engaging**?

**Accessibility: Task Cards** for Teaching Angles

Task cards are a bit magical, aren’t they? Somehow, when you give students a stack of single-question cards to sift through, they don’t quite seem to sigh as dejectedly as they would when handed a plain ol’ worksheet.

Maybe it’s because task cards are more **tactile** (hello, **kinesthetic hands-on learners**).

Maybe it’s because being presented with one question at a time makes everything seem much more manageable (our **LD** and **ADHD kids will thank you later**).

Or maybe task cards can be printed and glued on different colored cardstock, and so they just look *prettier* (our **artists** would **love** that!).

Whatever the reasons (**all of the above**, actually), I relied quite heavily on task cards for reviewing and reinforcing math concepts. Naming, classifying, and measuring angles was no exception.

Using task cards made review time so much more **accessible**. They met the needs of so many of my learners. And that’s why I made so many of them for my own classroom.

Here’s an example of a set that I used for angles.

As for HOW I used task cards in my classroom, I go into more detail about that here in this blog. I go over review stations, Bell Ringers or Exit Tickets, or even a Notecard Entry to Class. Check it out!

**Engagement: Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration**

I’m all about social learning, and I leverage student collaboration a LOT to make learning more **engaging**.

Once I’ve introduced concepts and it’s time for students to practice, I put them in groups so that they can work through problems together. Usually, I have them working with partners, though I find that it works out best if they’re in a group of 3.

Groupings are sometimes randomly assigned, and sometimes I’m more thoughtful and group them according to their specific learning needs. This way, it allows the kids to have an opportunity to work with everyone in the class multiple times.

For angles, with protractors and straight edges distributed, I hand each group a stack of task cards like these angle ones, and away they go.

If this post resonates with you, I talk a lot about how to build a positive learning community in math class here in this blog, which helps incorporate social learning. It makes the learning experience much more **engaging** when they learn to talk to each other productively, and it takes the pressure off of you to support every single student every single day of every single class. Whew.

I hope you enjoyed the ideas and resources in this blog! Like I said, I absolutely love task cards, and I promise you will too. If you’re curious, here are all of mine . And of course, if there’s a custom set you’d like me to create for you, please feel free to send me a message here!

Here’s to making the boring more accessible and engaging for our kids when teaching angles 🙂