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I created this film as an engaging 'way in' to a potentially dry subject for our YouTube generation kids.
This is a funky PowToon animated presentation that's WAY more engaging than a PowerPoint or static poster presentation. I chose bright colours and used lots of shine to give my objects kid-appeal, and used fun PowToon transitions (a hand slides objects on/off screen, pop on/off etc) to keep their interest.
A cartoon teacher character introduces the idea that triangles can be sorted into different types by comparing side length.
There are two minutes of instruction on how this is done.
This is followed by Audience Participation Time: a triangle is shown and students are asked to call out their response - what kind of triangle is it?
The first three triangles are presented with a visual aid - students are reminded of the types of triangles and have to choose from EQUILATERAL • ISOSCELES • SCALENE
The final three triangles are presented without this scaffolding.
There is a summary of the learning at the end, followed by a segue to seat work: "Now it's time for you to show what you know on paper."
I want students to call out their answers as this is a fun way to reinforce the learning; the confident students have a chance to re-teach their peers, and the less-confident get support in the body of the class while they work with the concepts.
YOU CAN VIEW THIS FILM FOR FREE on YouTube.com at
If you think it is useful and would like to have permanent access to it, you can download it for $1.
Downloading the film (mp4 file) before the lesson means you will be independent of the school network in case of internet failure.
Either way, I hope you like it, and that when you use it with your students, that THEY enjoy it AND are then able to sort triangles for themselves.
I would love to have your feedback on my film - here or on YouTube.com, as more are planned.