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Parallelogram Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 What Is a Parallelogram?
  • 0:42 Features of a Parallelogram
  • 1:33 What Isn't a Parallelogram?
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Instructor: Emily Hume

Emily is a Reading Specialist and Literacy coach in a public elementary school with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

What do you know about parallelograms? You may have seen one or more today and not even known it! In this lesson, you will learn about parallelograms, their features, how to recognize one, and where to spot one in your world.

What Is a Parallelogram?

Did you know you could be two things at once? For example, you may be a boy or a girl, but you are also a human! Shapes are the same way. They can have more than one label, depending on their characteristics, such as how many sides they have, which direction those sides go in, and how the sides meet each other.

A square is a square, but it's also a parallelogram! A parallelogram is a shape with four sides, and the sides opposite each other are parallel. This means that they go in the same direction and will never cross over each other, like the rails on train tracks!

Features of a Parallelogram

A parallelogram has several important features, or clues, that tell you you're looking at a parallelogram. Here are the most important features of a parallelogram:

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