Christmas and/or Holiday activity for math class! In this Christmas-themed activity, students practice finding angle measuring by combining their geometry and algebra skills. Students are given parallel lines cut by a transversal, triangle, or word problem and are asked to find a missing angle measure. Students travel in pairs to eight stations as they practice writing equations based on angle relationships. Before beginning the activity, students should already have an understanding of the interior angle sum of a triangle and rectangle, the sum of two angles making a straight line, the relationship between angles when parallel lines are cut by a transversal and vocabulary such as alternate exterior, vertical, complementary, and supplementary angles.
-You can either set up the 8 stations at groups of desks or tape the stations to the walls around the room. Either way keep the images that are alike together.
-Pair students up. Assign one partner to be “A” and one to be “B.” They should record their assignment in the top right hand corner of their workspace.
-Students travel to each station as a pair. They each complete one problem based on their letter assignment. Although they are each given a different picture or word problem, they can check to see if they are correct because they should have matching answers.
-Students neatly copy the original problem and show their work in the stations workspace.
-Once they complete their problem and confirm their result matches their partner’s answer, then they check the key to find the answer and write the corresponding letter in the small box in the right hand corner of the workspace. The list of answers in the key represents both correct answers and answers that correspond to common computational errors.
-Students continue to go to all 8 stations. You can either allow students to move freely around the room in any order or set a timer and have students all rotate at the same time. Each station should take about 2-3 minutes.
-In the end, they should unscramble the letters to find the mystery word. They share this mystery word with you to confirm that their work is complete. The mystery word is REINDEER. I allow those students who finish first to help other students complete the activity.
Included in this product:
-8 stations (each with 2 images that have the same missing angle measure)
-2-page answer key
-2-page Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objectives, materials, and procedure
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