Vocabulary. We often think it applies to social studies and science, but some math units have a boatload of vocabulary. If kids don’t quite grasp this vocabulary, they won’t be successful. That’s where hands-on activities like this geometry vocabulary book come in handy.
My oldest has just reached his geometry unit and is encountering words that he has never heard. Seriously, perpendicular lines isn’t a word I often use when talking to my children.
To encourage success in this unit, I created two activities to help him learn and understand geometry vocabulary words such as line, ray, line segments, parallel lines, and perpendicular lines. We are starting with a fun, interactive dictionary and then moving onto a geometry bingo activity.
Setting Up the Interactive Geometry Vocabulary Book
This activity has two options with different level of prep-work.
Option #1: Very Little Prep Work (the kiddos do all the work)
- Print off the free geometry vocabulary interactive book.
- Provide scissors and a stapler for your child or students
- During math time, have them cut out the book and staple it together.
- Have them cut out the pictures and vocabulary words.
Option #2: More Prep Work For the Parent
- Print off the book
- Cut out the cover and pages and staple them together
- Either cut out the pictures and vocabulary words or let the children do that depending on the amount of time you want to spend.
How to Use the Geometry Vocabulary Activity
We did this interactive geometry vocabulary book before we did anything else, so my little guy had absolutely no clue what the words meant. We started by looking up the words in the interactive dictionary. We would read the definition, play with the lines, and then move back to the book.
Once he knew the definition, we would take the vocabulary word and find the definition in his book. Then, he glued the word in the word in the blanks.
Next, he would find the picture that matched the vocabulary word and definition and glue it in its spot.
Finally, he used a ruler to draw his own version.
Not only did he have fun learning the words, but now he has a great resource that will help as we play our bingo game and complete the assignments from his math book.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
What’s your favorite way to introduce new vocabulary to your children?
Rachel is a homeschool mom to four little ones, ages 2 to 6. She is a former public school elementary teacher, and has recently begun blogging at You’ve Got This. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.