Grades 2 and up
Polygon Party is a fun card game that students can play to practice the polygons’ properties. It gives teachers and parents an opportunity for having discussions, clearing misconceptions and doing an informal assessment on polygons.
- Print out cards (pdf provided)
- Spinner, ( template provided)
- cards or dice (if you don’t want to use a spinner)
How to play
Goal: Be the first to discard all your cards.
Shuffle the cards and deal 6 to each player. Keep the rest of the deck face down as a draw pile. The players study their cards. A player spins the spinner. The players take turns to put a card down that matches the indication of the spinner. If a player doesn’t have a matching card they take one more from the draw pile and wait for the next spin. When the last player has a turn, they spin the spinner again and repeat. The game ends when a player discards all their cards.
How to make a spinner.
I decided to include a spinner in this game because spinners are fun. You can easily make a spinner at home. Cut and paste the template given on a piece of card stock or cardboard or even a paper plate. To make the spinner you can use a paper clip, a popsicle stick, or a piece of cardboard (shaped like an arrow) attached with a brad (paper fastener) and a washer, or a push pin in the middle. You can also by a plastic spinner, or use a digital one.http://www.superteachertools.us/spinner/
Instead of a spinner
Instead of using a spinner you can make your own cards with construction paper. Write a property in each card and keep them face down for the players to pick each time. You can use UNO cards and assign a property to each number or assign a property to a dice roll. Roll a ten face dice. 1 indicates a right angle, 2 indicated 2 qual sides, and so on. Make a list and keep it in the middle so that the players can see and play accordingly.
Here is a list of the properties and the polygons to help you make your cards or assign them to the dice roll. (pdf to download at the end)
You can use only the shapes your students know and just make more copies of them. If you are just starting with polygons let the students play with the cards, separate them in groups, have discussions before playing.
More challenge and strategy.
Instead of using a spinner the players can announce/choose a property at their turn. For example, 2 sides equal, and the players ( with the one announcing one going first) one by one put down a matching card. If they don’t have one they draw and wait for their next turn. This is a good way to play for older players (grades 3 and up) because they can apply more strategic thinking and turn the game to their favor.
Other ways to use the cards
- As a reference and visual help.
- Polygon hunt, the students take a card and try to find that shape in the classroom, at home, outdoors.
- Play a matching memory game.
- Play a bingo game. Give each student a few cards and use the spinner. The student that finishes their cards first wins. You can also use these bingo cards.
Here are the cards to print. It is a good idea to laminate them so they last longer. Print each page 3 times. I am sure you can think of more games using the cards and the spinner based on your students’ needs. Please share your ideas with us.
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