*This post contains affiliated links
We have had a blast this week exploring shapes, but when this game came out the boys were absolutely thrilled.
We began by reviewing each shape and their characteristics. I decided to make an anchor chart similar to what I used to make with my 4th graders when we did our geometry unit. Surprisingly this made more sense to my 5 year old. (Well actually he turned 6 on Sunday, so I guess I have to start calling him my six year old). I don’t think he had quite got the concept that a square is always a parallelogram, but when he saw the chart the light bulb came on. He was able to see that a parallelogram had three x’s, and that a square had those three x’s too. Therefore, a square is a parallelogram. We did this with the other shapes, and I loved seeing him catch on and start doing comparing on his own.
After what was suppose to be a quick review, but turned into a long discussion (don’t you love it when that happens?) we jumped into the game.
At some point in our lives we have all played BINGO, so I won’t go into tons of details. They had their Quadrilateral Family Tree/ Interactive Notebook out, and the chart we had just made. Obviously they had their bingo sheets and game markers, and I had the clues.
The “hardest” part of this BINGO game is that there are MANY answers for each clue, so I highly recommend playing in a small group setting. For example, you may tell your students to find a shape with 2 pair of parallel lines. Well, we all know that they could cover up a square, rhombus, rectangle, or a parallelogram. Even the card that says rectangle can have two answers. Remember a square is always a rectangle.
All our work with quadrilaterals has started to pay off, and I can tell that N is starting to understand the vocabulary and put it all together. I also loved how he went to the chart when he couldn’t remember which shape matched a clue.
C, my four year old, is still working on recognizing the shapes, but this game worked for him too. After N would figure out the answer, I would simple say to C, “You can cover up a square or a rectangle.”
He would then find the shape and cover one up. He is still hearing all the other conversations, so next year when I’m expecting a little more from him he will have background knowledge to pull from.
Would love to hear from you on how this Freebie worked for you. You’ve Got This!!
You can purchase all five lessons, plus three cut and paste printables not on my blog, here!
Get your FREEBIE HERE, and also make sure you have…
Like what you see. Keep up to date with one or more of the following……
Linked up to Everything Early Childhood