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Geoboard: A Versatile Learning Tool

A geoboard is a mathematical manipulative used to explore basic concepts in plane geometry such as perimeter, area and the characteristics of triangles and other polygons. It consists of a square board with a certain number of pegs or nails set in rows and columns, around which rubber bands can be stretched to create various shapes.

How to Use a Geoboard

  • Creating Shapes: The simplest use of a geoboard is to create different shapes. By stretching a rubber band around different pegs, you can create squares, rectangles, triangles, and other polygons.
  • Exploring Area and Perimeter: You can use a geoboard to visually demonstrate the concepts of area and perimeter. For example, the area inside a shape created by the rubber band can be counted by the number of square units it covers, and the perimeter can be counted by the length around the shape.
  • Studying Angles and Symmetry: Geoboards are also useful for exploring angles and symmetry. Students can create shapes with right angles, acute angles, or obtuse angles, and can create shapes that are symmetrical.
  • Investigating Fractions: By creating shapes that cover part of the geoboard, students can get a hands-on understanding of fractions.

Benefits of Using a Geoboard

  • Hands-On Learning: Geoboards offer a physical and visual way of learning mathematical concepts, which can be more effective than learning through abstract methods.
  • Developing Fine Motor Skills: For younger students, using geoboards can help develop fine motor skills.
  • Encouraging Creativity: Geoboards allow for open-ended exploration and encourage creativity. There’s no limit to the shapes and designs that can be created.

Geoboard: Designs

Geoboards are a valuable tool for teaching fundamental concepts of geometry. The book contains a collection of geoboard designs that help teachers explore concepts about symmetry, area, perimeter, and angles. Get your copy from Amazon today.


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Activities designed for elementary aged students.