Measuring and Drawing Angles can be tricky for some Third Grade and Fourth Grade Students but with lots of practice…mastery is just around the corner.
Before I teach how to measure angles, I always begin with introducing geometry terms like “ray”, “vertex” and “protractor” so the children have better understanding of this sometimes abstract concept.  Talking about the types of angles is also very important.  We do all sorts of activities to help the students remember the features of different angles.

Real Life Experiences :We also look for angles around the classroom and in our lives.  Sometimes my students are able to make connections by seeing angles in clock hands, slices of pizza or furniture design (like our flooring and desks). I love seeing them get all excited to recognize angles in everyday objects that they had never seen before!  We draw angles EVERYWHERE like in the air during math lessons, in sidewalk chalk during recess, and even on our windows with LEEHO Window Crayons.  Students even did a lesson where they went around their houses and took pictures of the angles they saw.  We then used our tablets to label the different types of angles that they found.
We are even known to explore making angles using play doh, clay or shaving cream.  You know me, I love kinesthetic learning experiences.  If I can incorporate a hands-on tool, I am one happy teacher!
 Hands on fun is an excellent way to learn.  It helps the brain connect the movements to the types of angles and students can better remember the concepts.

Lastly we begin using a protractor to understand how to measure angles with activities such as these.

Don’t forget the protractor’s tiny midpoint hole is where the angle’s vertex is aligned. Keep that protractor straight with the angle’s bottom ray.

I made this ANGLES FREEBIE just for you.  Grab it HERE
The next angles activity I created ask the students to measure angles with their own protractor.  After measuring the angles, children are asked to name the type of angle.
Grab this Measuring Angles FREEBIE HERE (same as above link)
Ending a math lesson with some musical fun is the BEST!  This Angles Song is catchy and addictive. Check out this fun song from Stacy Gray’s Class on YOUTUBE
If your kiddos are like mine, they will love it!
When my students get additional time identifying and measuring angles with hands on activities and plenty of practice, even my students who are usually challenged in math, hit a homeroom out of the park.