Now that you have identified different attributes of shapes, let’s focus on the four-sided shapes. These shapes can have more than one attribute. Here you will learn about the names of these shapes and their attributes. Some shapes can have more than one name. Let’s color code them. You will need different colored markers, pens, pencils, or crayons for this activity.

Color code the shapes

All that are this shape Have these attributes Add colored line to the shape
Quadrilateral
  • 4 sides
blue
Trapezoid
  • 4 sides
  • At least 1 pair of parallel sides
green
Parallelogram
  • 4 sides
  • 2 pairs of parallel sides
yellow
Rectangle
  • 4 sides
  • 4 right angles
orange
Square
  • 4 sides
  • 4 right angles
  • Sides are equal lengths
red
Rhombus
  • 4 sides
  • 2 pairs of parallel sides
  • Sides are equal lengths
purple
Kite
  • 4 sides
  • 2 pairs of adjacent sides being equal
black

Now sort the shapes by color.​

  • All shapes with blue lines are quadrilaterals, includes all 4 sided shapes on list​
  • All shapes with purple lines are rhombus, includes rectangles​

Try using the color codes to make mathematical statements like: ​

  • A parallelogram (blue yellow) with right angles is a rectangle (blue yellow orange).​
  • A rectangle (blue yellow orange) with four sides of equal length is a square (blue yellow orange and red).​

What other mathematical statements can you make?​ Example statement

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