Last fall (a year ago), LD did a unit on geometry. He needed some basic review of some of the things he learned — so I put together a small review pack for him. I’ll share it here for anyone who might find it useful.
You can download the free Geometry Review Packet here: There are 6 pages, plus the answers.
He used the Geometry, Grades 6 – 8 (Skills for Success) (affiliate link) by Carson-Delosa. It worked really well for him, introducing polygons, quadrilaterals, the types of triangles, terms like complementary, supplementary, etc. I like the way it has a explanation box at the top of the page and about a dozen practice problems underneath. We read over the new terminology together and then he did the problems on his own. He used it in 5th grade.
Update 2015: DD (now in 5th grade) is using this book along with her other math textbook. Again, this book (above) is working really well for her as well as an introduction to geometry. I’m really happy with it. She is currently finding the measures of triangles and has just learned about the Pythagorean theorem. Later in the book it goes on to area, volume, etc. This is a good basic introduction to geometry (though it is not suitable as a high-school level geometry book). It’s perfect for 5th-7th grade.
Last week I talked about how we’re trying to make math time more challenging, engaging and meaningful. I explained how we’ve added in Math Circle time (math questions, challenges and riddles–read more in this post-Math Should Never Be Boring: More Math Riddles-and the wonderful book we’re using for that!). But I also mentioned that we’re trying out a couple of other books as well.
LD has also started using Challenge Math. I love the sentence on the front cover: “Math is often taught as all scales and no music. This book contains all the music!” Since LD only started the first chapter I’m not ready to do much a review, but so far LD really likes it a lot — and has figured out the circumference of the Earth and how long it takes light to reach earth from the sun! It’s a neat book so far (for upper elementary/middle school). I’ll try to add in another review in another month or so, once he’s worked through more of the book, but so far so good.
Note: We used this for a while, but then stopped using it.
- Starting off Our Geometry Unit
- Geometry Cards (Free)
- Geometry Activities
- Math Circles — Math questions, challenges, riddles and more
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