Hexagon Math Challenge With Pattern Blocks 2D Shapes Math Game
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This hexagon math challenge is a super-fun 2D shape activity, which will have your K-1st graders totally engaged, no longer being "vexed by the hex". It's a great introduction to composing and decomposing shapes too.
The hexagon is often a "toughie" shape for students to learn. I think one of the reasons why, is that you really don't see the hexagon shape too often in "real life", unlike circles, squares and rectangles which are everywhere and easy for students to identify.
A fun way to have students become more familiar with the shape, is to give children more practice with hexagons by using pattern blocks. Have them count the pieces, stack them, pattern with them etc.
One afternoon while I was designing some pattern block activities, I noticed that I could make a hexagon using other pattern blocks, which led me to creating this challenge.
While your students are playing with the pattern blocks, challenge them to use the various pieces to see how many ways they can make the hexagon shape.
I putzed 'til I created a dozen arrangements, and have included a full-color, as well as a black & white template (filled in with lines, plus blank hexagons) for them to place pattern pieces on.
Later, after they've created some patterns, turn it into a "Speed" game; set a timer and see who can make the most hexagons before it rings.
This activity is also perfect for explaining & practicing "composing shapes".
Use the blank hexagon worksheet and have students draw in their own lines, then color the various shapes they've created inside of the hexagon shape.
I'm Diane from Teach With Me, hoping this lesson takes the "vex out of the hex" for your kiddos, and that they have as much fun creating shapes within a hexagon as mine do.
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