Distinguishing between different parallelograms can be a challenge. Use this activity to have students apply their knowledge in an engaging way!
I intro this activity by storytelling about the Quadrilateral Family Reunion, here's the gist: GrandPapa Parallelogram had offspring who got some of his traits and some of her own special characteristics: Mama Rhombus. She married Daddy Rectangle who fit in nicely in the parallelogram family tree. They had their own perfect little baby who is a little like dad and a little like mom, Baby Square! When they all meet up at family reunions, they always include crazy Uncle Trap who's just a little different than other parallelograms. We make cut outs and accessories to help solidify the story and connections between the shapes. Check out my free resource for the quadrilateral family picnic!
As a center activity/independent work, students then fill in these "driver's licenses" for each of the quadrilaterals, using the characteristics of each parallelogram and some fun choice facts. Critical to thoroughly understanding the characteristics is the photo in the ID. Students use appropriate angle, congruence, and parallel marks that we think of as "tattoos." Once they have completed the technical aspect of the illustration they can add their own flair.
I have printed it as a double sided sheet and had students save it, and I've also printed it as single sided and had students cut out the IDs and use them as flash cards.