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2D shapes Polygons Parallel lines Types of anglesHere you will learn about parallelograms, including their properties, and special cases.

Students first learn about parallelograms in 3 rd grade with their work in geometry. They expand upon their knowledge of parallelograms as they progress through 5 th grade.

**Parallelograms** are quadrilaterals with opposite sides being parallel to each other.

Parallelograms have other unique properties.

**★ Two pairs of opposite congruent sides**

- Side AB and Side DC are congruent
- Side AD and Side BC are congruent

**★ Two pairs of opposite congruent angles**

- Angle A and Angle C are congruent
- Angle D and Angle B are congruent

**★ Diagonals bisect each other**

- Line segment BD
- Line segment AC

**★ Adjacent angles are supplementary meaning they sum to ** \bf{180^{\circ}}

- angle A + angle B = 180^{\circ}
- angle A + angle D = 180^{\circ}
- angle C + angle B = 180^{\circ}
- angle C + angle D = 180^{\circ}

**★ One diagonal divides the parallelogram into two congruent triangles**

- Triangle ABC is congruent to triangle CDA
- Triangle DAB is congruent to triangle BCD

Parallelograms also have diagonals. Diagonals are line segments that connect opposite vertices. For example, in the diagram below, line segments AC and BD are diagonals.

There are three types of special parallelograms.

Name | Shape | Attributes |
---|---|---|

Rectangle | ● Four right angles | |

Rhombus | ● Four congruent sides | |

Square | ● Four right angles |

To help understand how the parallelograms relate to one another, you can use a Venn diagram.

How does this relate to 3 rd grade math – 5 th grade math?

**Grade 3 – Geometry (3.G.A.1)**Understand that shapes in different categories (for example, rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (like, having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (example, quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.

**Grade 4 – Geometry (4.G.A.2)**

Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.

**Grade 5 – Geometry (5.G.3)**

Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

**Grade 5 – Geometry (5.G.4)**

Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties.

In order to classify a parallelogram:

**Recall the definition and properties of parallelograms.****Identify the parallelogram.**

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DOWNLOAD FREESelect the quadrilateral that is a parallelogram.

**Recall the definition and properties of parallelograms.**

Parallelograms are quadrilaterals that have two pairs of opposite parallel sides.

2**Identify the parallelogram.**

Quadrilateral A is the parallelogram because, by the definition of a parallelogram, there are two pairs of opposite parallel sides.

Kelly drew the quadrilateral below and said it was only a parallelogram. Is she correct?

**Recall the definition and properties of parallelograms.**

Parallelograms are quadrilaterals that have opposite parallel sides. The quadrilateral she drew does have opposite parallel sides as well as other properties of parallelograms, such as opposite congruent sides. However, the quadrilateral she drew has four right angles.

**Identify the parallelogram.**

The quadrilateral Kelly drew is a special parallelogram. It is a rectangle.

Lucas’s teacher asked him to draw a parallelogram that has four congruent sides but not four congruent angles. Lucas draws a rhombus. Is he correct?

**Recall the definition and properties of parallelograms.**

A rhombus is a parallelogram that has 4 equal sides.

**Identify the parallelogram.**

Lucas is correct by drawing a rhombus.

Name the special parallelogram.

**Recall the definition and properties of parallelograms.**

Parallelograms are quadrilaterals that have opposite parallel sides. There are three special parallelograms.

1. A rectangle that has 4 right angles.

2. A rhombus that has 4 equal sides.

3. A square that has 4 right angles and 4 equal sides.

**Identify the parallelogram.**

The special parallelogram is a square.

Name the quadrilateral.

**Examine the properties of the quadrilateral, including side and angle relationships.**

The quadrilateral has one pair of opposite sides that are parallel, therefore is not a parallelogram.

**Identify the quadrilateral.**

The quadrilateral is a trapezoid.

Describe how the quadrilaterals are the same and how they are different. Name them.

**Examine the properties of the quadrilateral, including side and angle relationships.**

Quadrilateral A has two pairs of opposite parallel sides and two pairs of opposite congruent sides. Quadrilateral A also has two pairs of opposite congruent angles.

Quadrilateral B has one pair of opposite parallel sides and two pairs of congruent angles. Quadrilateral B also has one pair of opposite congruent sides.

The quadrilaterals are the same because they have a pair of opposite parallel sides, a pair of opposite congruent sides, and two pairs of congruent angles.

They are different because Quadrilateral A has two pairs of opposite parallel sides and Quadrilateral B only has one pair. Quadrilateral A has two pairs of opposite congruent sides, and quadrilateral B only has one.

Also, Quadrilateral A has two pairs of opposite angles that are congruent, whereas Quadrilateral B has adjacent angles (next to each other) that are congruent.

**Identify the quadrilateral.**

Quadrilateral A is a parallelogram.

Quadrilateral B is an isosceles trapezoid.

- Have students create a hierarchy of quadrilaterals on their own so that they can investigate the relationships between the sides of a quadrilateral and the angles of a quadrilateral.

- Instead of worksheets, have students engage with geometric digital platforms such as desmos to investigate the properties of quadrilaterals.

- Incorporate project based learning activities which include ways for students to see how the concepts are applied in a real world setting.

**Assuming all quadrilaterals with four \bf{90}^{\circ} angles are squares**

Rectangles and squares are quadrilaterals with four right angles. If the four sides are equal, then it is a square. If the four sides are not equal, then it is a rectangle.

**Mistaking a trapezoid for a parallelogram**

Trapezoids are not classified as parallelograms because they do not have the properties of parallelograms. Trapezoids have only one pair of opposite parallel sides. Parallelograms have two pairs of opposite parallel sides.

**Mistaking a rhombus for a square**

A rhombus has four equal sides, but its angles are not right angles like in a square.

1. Identify the quadrilateral.

rectangle

trapezoid

square

rhombus

The quadrilateral has four congruent sides, and the four angles are not congruent. So, the quadrilateral is a rhombus.

2. Which quadrilateral has two pairs of opposite parallel sides and four right angles but does NOT have all sides of equal length?

Rhombus

Rectangle

Parallelogram

Square

Quadrilaterals with two pairs of opposite parallel sides with four right angles have to be a special parallelogram, which is either a rectangle or a square. Since the quadrilateral does not have four congruent sides, it must be a rectangle.

3. Which quadrilateral is NOT a parallelogram?

The only quadrilateral that cannot be a parallelogram among the choices is the trapezoid.

A trapezoid has only one pair of opposite parallel sides, whereas parallelograms have two pairs of opposite parallel sides.

4. Which statement is true?

A square is always a rhombus.

A rhombus is always a square.

A trapezoid is always a parallelogram.

A parallelogram is always a trapezoid.

A square is always considered a rhombus because, in order for a quadrilateral to be a rhombus, it has to have 4 congruent sides. Squares have four congruent sides.

However, a rhombus is not always a square because, in order for a quadrilateral to be a square, it has to have four congruent sides and four right angles. Rhombuses do not have four right angles.

5. Which quadrilateral could have side lengths 10 \, cm, 6 \, cm, 10 \, cm, 6 \, cm?

Rhombus

Parallelogram

Trapezoid

Square

Parallelograms have two pairs of parallel sides and two pairs of opposite congruent sides. So it is the only quadrilateral choice whose side lengths can be 10 \, cm, 6 \, cm, 10 \, cm, and 6 \, cm.

6. The quadrilateral below can be classified as which of the following?

a parallelogram and a rectangle

a rectangle and a rhombus

a rectangle and a square

a parallelogram and a rhombus

A rhombus has two pairs of opposite parallel sides and two pairs of opposite congruent angles which makes it a parallelogram. It also has four congruent sides making it a special type of parallelogram.

A quadrilateral is also a four-sided polygon.

A trapezium is another name for a trapezoid.

You will study in detail the diagonals of quadrilaterals in middle and high school. However, they do hold special properties. The diagonals of parallelograms bisect each other. In the special cases of parallelograms, such as rectangles, the diagonals are equal in length, in rhombuses, the diagonals are perpendicular, and in squares, the diagonals are perpendicular bisectors. Kites also have perpendicular diagonals.

A quadrangle is another name for a quadrilateral.

The area of a parallelogram is found by using the formula A=b \cdot h

You find the perimeter of a parallelogram the same way you would find the perimeter of any polygon, add up the side lengths.

Yes, you can use the formula A=b \cdot h to find the area of a rectangle or A=l \cdot w.

The sum of the interior angles of a parallelogram is 360^{\circ}.

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