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Ordering Shapes

Directions: Order the squares from shortest to tallest.

Order the rectangles from tallest to shortest.

Order both the squares and rectangles from tallest to shortest.



Which object is the shortest? Which is the tallest? How would you order them?



Answers will vary for the last question depending on how the student sees the orientation of rectangles.

Source: Bryan Anderson

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  1. Can we change the 2nd question to read, “Order the non-square rectangles from tallest to shortest?” As a high school Geometry teacher, this is a big pet peeve. Students come to me and literally do not believe me when I tell them that squares are rectangles, and parallelograms, and trapezoids, and rhombuses. When we are not precise with students early on, misconceptions become ingrained making them really hard to fix!

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