An engaging guessing game for students to practice identifying shapes and their attributes. They can get practice with identifying a variety of plane and solid (or 2D and 3D) shapes and how many sides, vertices, faces, and edges those shapes have.
This activity can be done in partners, with a small group, or the whole class. Students wear a headpiece that will hold the card so that they can’t see it. You can use the plastic headbands included with the game Hedbanz, or you can make your own out of sentence strips. Cut a small slit in each one for the card to fit in.
Students must ask yes/no questions to try and guess the shape that is on their head. Example questions for students to ask:
“Does my shape have more than 3 sides?”
“Are all of my edges the same length?”
“Does my shape have any vertices?”
“Is my shape a quadrilateral?”
If students need help coming up with questions to ask or remembering what possible shapes they could be, reference sheets are provided for them to be able to refer to during the activity.
Once students have correctly guessed their shape, they can record the name of that shape and its attributes on the recording sheet that’s included. Then give them a new card and repeat.
This download includes:
- Mystery Shape Cards (these contain the shape that students are trying to guess)
- Student “Cheat Sheets” (a visual reference sheet for students to use if they get stuck thinking of questions to ask, and another sheet with the names of all the shapes and attributes to be used for self-checking). These can be copied double-sided for students to use during the game.
- A Teacher Cheat Sheet for your quick reference
- A Recording Sheet for students to record their guesses and the shape attributes
Please see preview for all that is included.