Right angles in shapes (informal definition)

CCSS Math: 3.G.A.1
Identify right angles in shapes.


Many shapes have corners. We call a corner a right angle if we can fit a little square perfectly inside it.

Consider the trapezoid

Let's draw a square in each corner.
In which corners did the little square fit perfectly?
The trapezoid has two right angles.


First, let's study some more examples.
Now, try it yourself.
How many right angles are in this square?
How many right angles are in this pentagon?
The square has four right angles.
The pentagon has two right angles.

Challenge problem

How many right angles does this shape have?
Squares fit perfectly in two of the corners, so there are two right angles.