Geometry is the study of shapes and angles and the way they interact with each other. One of the most prominently used shapes is the quadrilateral. Quadrilaterals are four-sided shapes with four angles. There are many kinds of quadrilaterals. Learning about quadrilaterals can be made easier with interactive online games.
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Quadrilaterals 1, available at Interactive Stuff (see References), is a matching card game that can help you learn the names of quadrilaterals. There are 16 cards total, in a four-by-four card grid. Under each card is a shape or a name. There are eight shapes and eight names and you must match each name with the right shape. This game is excellent for boosting your memory and helping match shape names with the shape. It's also perfect for visual learners who may struggle during lectures in the classroom. The game is random each time, so you can play it over and over again with different layouts. This is helpful, as you can avoid simple memorisation of location that comes with games that aren't randomised.
Sort Quadrilaterals, available at Crick Web (see References), is a simple, yet effective game to teach the differences between quadrilaterals and other shapes. The interface is simple. On the right hand side of the screen is a grid. There are four squares, one for quadrilaterals that are regular, one for quadrilaterals that are not, one for regular non-quadrilaterals and the last for non-regular non-quadrilaterals. To the left of these boxes is a collection of shapes. There are equal amounts of quadrilateral and non-quadrilaterals. Click on the shape and drag it to the correct box. If you are incorrect the shape will return to its original place. Putting all the shapes in the correct places ends the game. This game can be useful for beginning students, but its basic nature makes it limited for advanced learners.
Shapeology, available from Visual Math Learning (see References), is a clever and advanced quadrilateral game that offers a lot of variety and creativity to the geometry student. Starting the game, you will be presented with a shape made out of a series of quadrilaterals. You have a few moments to look at it before it is broken up and scattered around the screen. You must click and drag the pieces to rebuild the shape. Once you've rebuilt it, you can try another puzzle. There are 999 puzzles available and you can pick any puzzle at any time. You can also choose your difficulty level. This last option is very useful, as it makes this game useful or any skill level. Beginners can start at the first difficulty level, which features larger and fewer pieces, while advanced learners can try the hardest difficulty, for multiple tiny pieces.
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