This week I really wanted to play a math game, and on the course page under extra resources I saw my professor posted "Quadrilaterals Connect Four". I love the original game of connect four and thought a math version of connect four would be fun.  

In the directions it says two teams of two are needed to play the game successfully. Unfortunately the only person willing to play this exciting math game with me was once again my good friend, Tony. (He likes math, he's a math major) So, I did not see any harm in altering the game rules/directions a little bit and make it a two person game. 
To prepare for the game I cut out two sets of the game cards, one set for me, and the other set for Tony. I colored one set of cards blue, for tony and the other set of cards orange, for me. 
After getting the cards ready, I printed out the Connect Four game board. Each square has a description. Ex: "It has at least one pair of parallel lines" 

After prepping for the game I explained the game rules to Tony. The game is exactly like connect four, but using quadrilaterals. 

Each team should take their cards and place them face down. When it is their turn, they turn over the top card and place it where it belongs on the game board. 
Ex: I pulled a rectangle from the card pile, the rectangle can go on the "I has angles which are 90 degrees" box. 

The winner of the game gets four quadrilaterals in a row either diagonally, vertically, or horizontally.
Here is an example of a winning game board in which I won the game.

Tony and I played several games in which he won some and I won some. It was a lot of fun and got a little competitive. Overall, I thought it was a great activity.

Reflection: I thought this was a great activity to help review the different quadrilaterals. I think this activity would be good for grades 3-5. I think it should be played when reviewing for an assessment, but I don't think it should be played when first learning the different quadrilaterals. The one bad thing about the game was the terrible grammar and sentence structure on the game board, I would definitely fix that as a teacher, because for some reason it bothered me immensely!

Feedback: Were my directions clear? How could I change up the rules of the game to make the game better? 


10/6/2013 11:53:18 pm

You were clear, and gave good coverage of the benefits of the game. The only alteration I can think of is a way to make the game board different each time, without being too much of a mess. Maybe a first round of placing the rules then playing your quads. Or shuffling the rules and dealing them in.

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