## Monday, May 5, 2014

### Cover Up (freebie)

We're in the midst of geometry these days.  We just played a fun composing and decomposing game that I learned at a recent district math meeting.  Making the freebie is the only thing I can take credit for.

The game is played in pairs.  Each player has their own duck sheet like the one below.

A player rolls a die and places a pattern block on their duck according to what they roll from this sheet, which I cut in half.  (Click on the graphic for your own copy.)

Here are the official directions.

I simplified it slightly.  I didn't tell them they could exchange shapes.  If they couldn't use the shape they rolled, they lost their turn, but true to the directions above, they were not allowed to move any shape after it had been placed.

They loved the game, and I loved that they could play it over and over again with very different results each time.  They had a ton of exposure to shapes and their attributes.

P.S.  The duck template was found at Prekinders.com/pattern-blocks but as you can see, all lines within the picture were removed.  Obviously, their removal ups the ante and allows this activity to really be about composing and decomposing.

#### 10 comments:

1. This is a great game for students to learn about shapes! I can imagine how much fun they were having while playing this!
Lori
Conversations in Literacy

1. They had a great time and sharpened their skills too. :)

2. Thank you for sharing - this is awesome! Maria

1. Maria, you're very welcome. I'm glad you like it too.

3. What a fun game, thanks for sharing!

1. Leigh Anne, you're welcome. It is fun.

4. Great game, Tammy. We're doing geometry too so I'll be using this:)

1. Barb, glad this could come in handy!

5. How did you erase the lines? love the game!

1. Margaret, I wish I could answer that for you. I borrowed the graphic from the blog mentioned in my post. I'm sorry I'm not much help.