Updated: 5 days ago
Geoboards are a handy tool to have in the classroom and there are so many ways to use them to keep students engaged and learning during your math lessons.
What is a Geoboard?
Geoboards are tools used to teach children geometry in the classroom. Wooden squares with nails or pins placed in them are used to make a variety of shapes by pulling rubber bands around them.
What age group are Geoboards recommended for?
Any age. Young children love making images and shapes with brightly coloured bands and older children can explore higher geometry concepts by making more advanced shapes.
Should I use Geoboards in my classroom?
Yes! Geoboards are a great hands-on math tool for creating shapes, flipping and rotating them and even cutting them in half! Students can count the corners, count how many bands they have used to make a shape, make patterns and consider the area of the shape created.
Traditionally, standard shapes of triangles, rectangles and squares are easy to make, but you can also try these fun images. It’s great fun to see if students can figure out what image they are creating.
What if my school doesn’t have any Geoboards?
Fear not! Even though hands-on pulling and dragging of the elastics are fun, students can still have fun by either drawing the lines on a printed board (laminate or place them in clear covers to make them reusable) or you can use a virtual board.
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