Math: Draw that Polygon!, contains 3 sets of cards that will engage students in discussion and deepen their understanding of the characteristics of polygons. All 3 of the problems are designed so that everyone needs to participate or the group will not be able to solve the problem.
Each person in the group gets one of the cards. Each card contains a piece of information that is needed to solve the problem. If you have groups of 3, then one student will get two clues. Students may read the information on their card to the other members of their group, but they may not show anyone else their card. Before they can say they are finished, each member of the group must be able to defend why their solution works with their card’s clue.
If you are looking for an activity that will improve student-to-student discussion and interaction, this is the activity for you. You may choose to end the activity time with a whole-class discussion, or you may have the groups write about how the solution fits the criteria on their card. Students will need to be familiar with the following vocabulary: 90°, congruent, length, parallel, perimeter, quadrilateral, right angle, trapezoid, and width.