Pentomino Exploration Team Building | Back to School Math Activity

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Cognitive Cardio Math
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
Resource Type
Formats Included
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17 pages
Cognitive Cardio Math


Use pentominoes to get your math class discussing, problem solving, persisting, and thinking!

Students really have fun with pentominoes, and the great part about the “fun” is that they are having fun thinking and solving a problem (which they don’t seem to realize!).

  • The activity is very "simple," but isn't as easy as it sounds: fit the pentominoes into the "frames," leaving no gaps and having nothing sticking beyond the edges of the frame.
  • This type of problem solving is accessible to all students, and provides a great opportunity for teachers to observe who’s willing to share ideas, who sits back and watches, how students speak to each other, how well they can verbalize their thoughts, and so on.

This versatile math activity:

  • Can be used with a very wide range of students
  • Quickly gives you valuable information about your students
  • Provides an engaging activity for the first day of math class, for fast finishers, or for centers

This pentomino activity includes:

  • 3 different sized sets of pentominoes
  • 3 different sized frames for them to be fit into
  • Colored pentominoes and black and white ones, in case you want to copy onto colored card stock


These pentominoes do need to be copied cut (I'd recommend using card stock), and laminated (if you want to reuse).

Check out this blog post to learn more about how I use this activity on the first day of math class.


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Total Pages
17 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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