Parallel lines

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Name of the activity

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To understand corresponding angles are equal

To understand  alternate angles are equal

Estimated Time

30 minutes

Prerequisites/Instructions, prior preparations, if any

Prior knowledge of point, lines, angles, intersecting lines, vertically opposite angles

Materials/ Resources needed

  • Digital : Computer, geogebra application, projector.
  • Non digital : Worksheet and pencil.
  • Geogebra files : Parallellines-3.ggb

Download this geogebra file from this link.

Process (How to do the activity)

  • Use the file to seek the initial observations from children – number of lines, are the lines parallel, line that acts as a transversal.
  • Ask how many angles are there present. List all the angles formed.
  • Additional information can be retrieved – no of angles are formed at each point, number of angle pairs, number of linear pairs at each point.
  • Talk about supplementary angle pairs – let them identify the supplementary angle pairs for the parallel lines.
  • Move the transversal using point D to observe the changes made by the transversal with the parallel lines.
  • Children can observe the pair of angles that vary equally
  • Mention corresponding angles and their properties
  • For a give pair of parallel lines list all the corresponding angles.
  • Use point B to show that lines need not be parallel with x-axis to be parallel with each other.
  • Inquire about number of parallel lines that can be drawn for a given line.
  • Change the position of point D to record other values
Angle BPD Angle DPQ Total Angle KMP Angle PMN Total Angle ECM Angle MCL Total
  • Evaluation at the end of the activity