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.

### Hint

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

### Answer

Source: Bryan Anderson

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!

When I taught fourth grade, I did make that clear and I felt like they had a good understanding of it. Now I teach first grade and I feel like that concept would be too out of reach for now.

When I taught fourth grade, I did make that clear and I felt like they had a good understanding of it. Now I teach first grade and I feel like that concept would be too out of reach for now.

In Texas we help students understand that squares are special rectangles.

👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾🤘🏽 Nice one Crystal