# Geometry Math Homework: Problems and Answers

Geometry is studied from kindergarten through high school. If your child is struggling to complete homework, it could be that he or she needs more practice with geometry or that he or she lacks motivation. Either way, you can try some of the following tips to get your child back on track.

Depending on the age of your child, you may need to provide a great deal of reinforcement at home. Some kids are resistant to doing homework; however, if you consistently insist that your child completes his or her work, you can help your child develop a strong work ethic. Although it may not always be fun, homework can help students learn responsibility.

In elementary school, students learn the characteristics of 2-dimensional shapes, like rectangles, triangles and trapezoids. They also learn to calculate perimeter and area. If this is what your child is learning, you can have him or her practice by identifying shapes in everyday objects. For example, cereal boxes and traffic signs can serve as real-world examples of shapes, and identifying them can be a fun way for your child to bring schoolwork home.

Middle school students expand on their knowledge of geometry by learning about angles and ways to calculate the volume of 3-dimensional shapes. At this age, you can help your child at home by encouraging him or her to keep track of new math terminology and formulas in a neat and organized way. Clear and organized notes can help your child clearly organize the materials in his or her mind.

1. I have four sides; two are long and two are short. What shape am I?

If your child is struggling to identify the shape being described, suggest that he or she draw the object described. Once he or she sees a shape with two long sides and two short sides, your child will likely recognize it as a rectangle.

2. I'm round and don't have any sides or vertices. What shape am I?

You can use home practice as a way to reinforce vocabulary terms learned in school. Here, the word 'vertices' refers to angular points on a shape. Because circles don't have any sides or angles, they are round.

3. A square has a side that's 5 inches long. What is its perimeter?

Perimeter (P) is the distance around a 2-dimensional shape. For this problem, you may need to remind your child that the sides of a square are all the same length. Because there are four sides, you can calculate the answer like this - P = 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 20 - or like this - P = 4 x 5 = 20.
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