Protractor
Introduce your students to the world of angles with our free Protractor resource, designed for grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. This handson activity provides an engaging way for students to learn about using protractors to create and measure angles, making it a valuable addition to any maths lesson focused on geometry.
About the Protractor Resource
The Protractor resource consists of a picture of a protractor marked up to 180 degrees with a fixed arrow pointing at 0º. The second page
includes additional arrows that can be cut out and laminated. Teachers, parents, or homeschoolers can attach one of these arrows to the protractor on page 1 using a split pin, allowing students to move the arrow freely to create specific angles. This simple yet versatile setup provides numerous ways for students to interact with and understand angles, helping to build a solid foundation in geometry.
How to Use the Protractor Resource
Here’s how you can set up and use this resource with your students:

Print and Laminate: Print both pages of the resource and laminate them for repeated use.

Cut and Attach the Arrow: Cut out one of the arrows from the second page and attach it to the protractor on page 1 using a split pin. This allows the arrow to move freely, enabling students to create a wide range of angles.

Create Angles: Students can move the arrow to different points on the protractor to create and explore angles.

Set Angle Challenges: Teachers can challenge students to make specific angles or estimate the size of angles by positioning the arrow.
Engaging Ways to Use the Protractor Resource
This openended protractor activity opens the door to a variety of creative and educational uses. Here are some ideas for how teachers, homeschoolers, and parents can use this resource:

Copy My Angle: One student makes an angle, and their partner must copy it on their own protractor. This encourages precision and reinforces angle recognition.

Angle Estimation Game: Challenge students to move the arrow to a guessed angle, then measure the exact angle using a protractor to see how close they were.

Angle Hunt: Students make a specific angle on their protractor and then look around the room to find realworld examples of objects with similar angles.

Angle Stories: Ask students to make angles that match different scenarios, such as “the angle of a door slightly ajar” or “the hands of a clock at 3:00.”

Angle Matching: Create angle cards with different measurements. Students draw a card and then adjust the arrow on their protractor to match the angle shown.

Protractor Art: Let students explore geometry and creativity by using the protractor to create patterns and designs using different angles.

Protractor Races: In small groups, students race to correctly make a series of angles called out by the teacher, testing their accuracy and speed.

Make and Measure: Students create an angle using the moving arrow, estimate its measurement, and then use a real protractor to check their estimate.

Comparing Angles: Encourage students to make two angles and compare them, discussing which is larger or smaller and by how much.
Benefits of the Protractor Resource
This openended protractor activity is an excellent tool for helping students develop their understanding of angles in an engaging, handson way. The ability to physically move the arrow to create different angles aids in visual and kinesthetic learning, making abstract concepts more accessible. Additionally, the resource can be adapted to suit various levels of difficulty, allowing teachers to tailor it to individual students’ needs.
Perfect for Classroom and Home Learning
The Protractor resource is ideal for use in the classroom, at home, or in a homeschool setting. Its flexibility makes it suitable for different teaching styles and learning environments, whether you’re working with students individually, in pairs, or in groups.
Download Your Free Protractor Resource Today!
Ready to bring angles to life in your classroom? Download the free Protractor resource today and give your students an interactive, engaging way to explore the world of geometry. Perfect for reinforcing angle concepts, enhancing protractor skills, and adding an element of fun to maths lessons, this resource is a musthave for any educator!