Area of rectangles, squares, right-angled triangles, compound shapes / composite figures / irregular shapes can be reviewed with these differentiated printable game boards. Four in a Row is a fun strategic game to add to your math centers, for starters, early finisher activities etc. Color and black and white versions and full answer keys are included too. METRIC CALCULATIONS ONLY. You can get this packet with 3 other fun, printable resources for area and perimeter in a great value bundle - just follow the links if you are interested.
The 3 differentiated boards are as follows:
One-star version - area of rectangles, squares, and right-angled triangles. No conversion required.
Two-star version - area of rectangles, squares, and right-angled triangles. More challenging calculations. Some conversion required between centimeters, meters etc. Includes decimal lengths and breadths.
Three-star version - area of rectangles, squares, right-angled triangles, and compound / composite shapes. Some conversion required. Includes decimal lengths and breadths and more challenging calculations. Some of the compound shapes require children to work out the length of a side, using other given sides, before they can work out the area.
The boards were originally designed to be printed in 11x17 (A3) and I recommend this, although Letter size (A4) will be okay if using thin dry-wipe markers to write on the board. When printing the boards you may need to make a quick adjustment to your printer settings to ensure the content fits properly on the page. Laminate the boards to use again and again. Students work as pairs against pairs or one against one to get four correct answers in a row - horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. They roll a dice each time to find which column to pick an area calculation from (the columns are numbered 1-6). If there are no calculations left in the column whose number they have rolled, they either skip a go or roll again (depending on the rules you have chosen).
Students write their answers on the board with a dry-wipe marker. They could either use a different colored marker to record answers on the board or add an initial or symbol if using the same color as their opponent. When someone achieves 4 in a row, answers could be checked using the answer keys, or by using a calculator. Some area calculations can be done mentally, although students could use paper or a mini whiteboard to do some calculations before writing their answer in the box. In particular, the more challenging 3-Star version may require some written working – or else allow calculator use if you prefer, as the students will still have to use their knowledge and skill to apply the correct formula for the shape, convert where necessary, and calculate any missing lengths.
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