MA.3.GR.1.2

Identify and draw quadrilaterals based on their defining attributes. Quadrilaterals include parallelograms, rhombi, rectangles, squares and trapezoids.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Instruction includes a variety of quadrilaterals and a variety of non-examples that lack one or more defining attributes when identifying quadrilaterals.

Clarification 2: Quadrilaterals will be filled, outlined or both when identifying.

Clarification 3: Drawing representations must be reasonably accurate.

General Information
Subject Area: Mathematics (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 3
Strand: Geometric Reasoning
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5012050: Grade Three Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7712040: Access Mathematics Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5012055: Grade 3 Accelerated Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5012015: Foundational Skills in Mathematics 3-5 (Specifically in versions: 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
MA.3.GR.1.AP.2: Identify quadrilaterals based on their defining attributes. Quadrilaterals include parallelograms, rhombi, rectangles, squares and trapezoids.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Formative Assessments

Sketching Quadrilaterals:

Students are asked to use shape descriptions to sketch shapes and explain why some cannot be sketched.

Type: Formative Assessment

Four Sided Figures:

Students are shown a quadrilateral and asked to identify it. Then students are asked to draw another example of a quadrilateral that is different from the one that they were shown.

Type: Formative Assessment

Identifying Quadrilaterals – 1:

Students are asked to describe attributes shared by three shapes and to identify a larger category into which these shapes can be placed.

Type: Formative Assessment

Drawing Quadrilaterals:

Students are asked to draw a shape with four sides that is not a rhombus, rectangle, or square.

Type: Formative Assessment

Identifying Quadrilaterals - 2:

Students are asked to describe attributes shared by three shapes and to identify a larger category into which these shapes can be placed.

Type: Formative Assessment

Image/Photograph

Clipart: Geometric Shapes:

In this lesson, you will find clip art and various illustrations of polygons, circles, ellipses, star polygons, and inscribed shapes.

Type: Image/Photograph

Lesson Plans

Artistic Alley:

Students will use their knowledge of how to identify quadrilaterals and how to analyze data to determine a ranking for the best paver designs for a driveway. In this MEA, students will deepen their understanding of the attributes of parallelograms, rectangles, squares, trapezoids and quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these categories.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Quadrilateral Quest:

In this lesson, students categorize shapes identifying the attributes of quadrilaterals. 

Type: Lesson Plan

Same Perimeter, Different Area:

In this lesson, students are presented with a problem that requires them to create rectangles with the same perimeter but different areas.  Students also search for relationships among the perimeters and areas of different rectangles and find which characteristics produce a rectangle with the greatest area.

Type: Lesson Plan

Pretzel Quadrilaterals:

This lesson helps students to realize that shapes have identifying attributes that define them. Students should also discover that a shape can have multiple names based on the definitions of that shape.

Type: Lesson Plan

Arrays Show the Way to the Multiplication Chart:

This is an introductory lesson to explore the use of arrays to solve multiplication problems. Students build arrays and save the arrays in a class Multiplication Chart. They learn to use arrays to find products and factors, and by placing them in the Multiplication Chart, they learn how to read the chart. They learn how to write equations to represent situations that are modeled with arrays. An overall theme is the organization of the multiplication chart and how it includes arrays within.

Type: Lesson Plan

Geometry, USA:

Students will draw a town based on a set of given directions using the geometry terms (parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines). This activity is designed to be taught after the students having learned the meanings of the geometry terms and the ability to identify examples of each.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorials

Square Picnic with Comparison to Rectangles:

Help pack for a square picnic while learning about the defining attributes of a square in comparison to rectangles, in this interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Square Picnic with Comparison to Rhombi:

Learn about the defining attributes of a square and what makes a square different from a rhombus, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Rhombus Dream: Identifying and Drawing Rhombi:

Join Andy as he travels through his dream, learning about the attributes of rhombi along the way. Together we’ll learn what makes a rhombus unique and how to create a rhombus using its attributes. We’ll help Andy journey through his dream and wake up for school in this interactive tutorial!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Nightmare of Pouring Polygons: Quadrilateral Classification:

Overcome the nightmare of quadrilateral classification based on the presence of parallel, perpendicular, and congruent sides as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Teaching Idea

An Introduction To Quadrilaterals:

This lesson is designed to introduce students to quadrilaterals and the terms and properties associated with quadrilaterals. This lesson provides links to discussions and activities related to quadrilaterals as well as suggested ways to integrate them into the lesson. Finally, the lesson provides links to follow-up lessons designed for use in succession with the current one.

Type: Teaching Idea

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Artistic Alley:

Students will use their knowledge of how to identify quadrilaterals and how to analyze data to determine a ranking for the best paver designs for a driveway. In this MEA, students will deepen their understanding of the attributes of parallelograms, rectangles, squares, trapezoids and quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these categories.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

MFAS Formative Assessments

Drawing Quadrilaterals:

Students are asked to draw a shape with four sides that is not a rhombus, rectangle, or square.

Four Sided Figures:

Students are shown a quadrilateral and asked to identify it. Then students are asked to draw another example of a quadrilateral that is different from the one that they were shown.

Identifying Quadrilaterals – 1:

Students are asked to describe attributes shared by three shapes and to identify a larger category into which these shapes can be placed.

Identifying Quadrilaterals - 2:

Students are asked to describe attributes shared by three shapes and to identify a larger category into which these shapes can be placed.

Sketching Quadrilaterals:

Students are asked to use shape descriptions to sketch shapes and explain why some cannot be sketched.

Original Student Tutorials Mathematics - Grades K-5

Rhombus Dream: Identifying and Drawing Rhombi:

Join Andy as he travels through his dream, learning about the attributes of rhombi along the way. Together we’ll learn what makes a rhombus unique and how to create a rhombus using its attributes. We’ll help Andy journey through his dream and wake up for school in this interactive tutorial!

Square Picnic with Comparison to Rectangles:

Help pack for a square picnic while learning about the defining attributes of a square in comparison to rectangles, in this interactive tutorial. 

Square Picnic with Comparison to Rhombi:

Learn about the defining attributes of a square and what makes a square different from a rhombus, in this interactive tutorial.

The Nightmare of Pouring Polygons: Quadrilateral Classification:

Overcome the nightmare of quadrilateral classification based on the presence of parallel, perpendicular, and congruent sides as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorials

Square Picnic with Comparison to Rectangles:

Help pack for a square picnic while learning about the defining attributes of a square in comparison to rectangles, in this interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Square Picnic with Comparison to Rhombi:

Learn about the defining attributes of a square and what makes a square different from a rhombus, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Rhombus Dream: Identifying and Drawing Rhombi:

Join Andy as he travels through his dream, learning about the attributes of rhombi along the way. Together we’ll learn what makes a rhombus unique and how to create a rhombus using its attributes. We’ll help Andy journey through his dream and wake up for school in this interactive tutorial!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Nightmare of Pouring Polygons: Quadrilateral Classification:

Overcome the nightmare of quadrilateral classification based on the presence of parallel, perpendicular, and congruent sides as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Image/Photograph

Clipart: Geometric Shapes:

In this lesson, you will find clip art and various illustrations of polygons, circles, ellipses, star polygons, and inscribed shapes.

Type: Image/Photograph