This resource includes 3 different games/centers that get students thinking about the attributes of quadrilaterals. The quadrilaterals practiced in these games are squares, rectangles, parallelograms, rhombuses, and trapezoids.
First Game/Center: Quadrilateral Mazes
Students complete the maze by shading in a given quadrilateral. Students are required to think about the attributes of certain shapes in order to complete the mazes. For example, the parallelogram maze requires students to know that parallelograms are any quadrilateral with 2 pairs of parallel sides. Students must shade in all of the shapes that have these properties (including squares, rectangles, and rhombuses).
A student recording sheet is also provided to help hold students accountable and to help you assess their thinking.
There are 5 different mazes included, one for each shape covered in this resource (squares, rectangles, parallelograms, rhombuses, and trapezoids). An answer key is included.
This is a no prep game.
Second Game/Center: Quadrilateral Sort
Students must sort attributes and examples of quadrilaterals into 5 groups – squares, rectangles, parallelograms, rhombuses, and trapezoids. Students are required to think carefully about the different properties of quadrilaterals in order to complete the sort.
For example, students must think about what quadrilaterals have right angles, equal sides, and parallel sides.
A student recording sheet is provided that requires students to think even further about the attributes of the quadrilaterals. This game can be completely independently, with partners, or with small groups.
An answer key is also provided. This center requires a little prep - cutting out quadrilateral sort cards. Laminate this game for repeated use and durability.
Third Game/Center: Quadrilateral 4 In a Row
This is a 2 player game. Students create a spinner using a pencil and a paperclip. They spin the paperclip, see what shape it lands on, and shade in that shape on the game board. The first person to shade in 4 shapes in a row is the winner.
Students that use strategy and have a good understanding of the properties of quadrilaterals will have an advantage when playing this game.
A student recording sheet is included to help hold students accountable for completing this center.
This game can be no prep - just print and provide students with a pencil and paperclip. However, you could also laminate the game boards for repeated use.
A grading rubric is also provided that can be used to assess any of the centers. The rubric assesses students' understanding of quadrilaterals as well as their behavior while completing the centers.
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