My students are pretty much obsessed with playing Jenga to review. I have been on a mission to create as many Jenga games as I can (see the full list at the bottom of this post), and my newest game is a 2-D shapes game that is perfect for 4th graders or review for 5th graders. Keep reading to learn more about this game and download the printables for free!
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2-D Shapes Game Materials:
For this game, you will need:
Colored Jenga blocks —> I buy the precolored ones from Amazon here.
2-D Shapes Game directions and shape cards —> available for free at the end of this post
Basic Directions for Playing:
To play this game, the students will select shape cards and then choose a color to move (by allowing free choice or having them roll a die included in most sets). Based on the color of the block they choose to move, the students will answer a question using the shape on the card they selected.
Here are the specific directions for the game:
Directions: Select a shape card. Choose a block to remove. Answer the question that matches the color of the block that you want to remove with the shape on the card. Repeat with each turn.
2-D Shapes Questions
Here are the questions that the students will answer using the shape on the card they chose.
Purple: Is the shape a quadrilateral? How do you know?
Blue: What is the name of the shape? Be as specific as possible.
Green: Does the shape have parallel lines?
Yellow: Does the shape have perpendicular lines?
Pink: What types of angles does the shape have?
Red: Is the shape symmetric?
Tips for Playing the Jenga 2-D Shapes Game:
Tip 1: You may want to print multiple copies of the shape cards depending on how many students are in each group and how long they are playing.
An alternative to printing multiple copies is to have the students reuse the same cards to continue playing the game once they have used them all once. The chances of them drawing the same shape and the same color more than once or twice is slim.
Tip 2: Have all of the students do the work at the same time (with their specific shapes and questions) and then move their pieces at the same time. This will keep all of the students working and on-task, which will cut down on behavior problems and goofing off.
Tip 3: If possible, keep your group sizes small, around 4-5 members. If you have multiple Jenga games, then you can have several games going on at a time. If you only have one Jenga game, then you could play this game at your teacher table or place it in a math center.
Tip 4: For even more accountability, have the students record their work on a piece of paper or on the recording sheet included in the download.
How Can I Get this 2-D Shapes Game for FREE?
This 2-D shapes game would make a great whole-group game (if you have multiple sets of the Jenga blocks). However, it also works great as a math center. If you need more math centers for 4th or 5th grade, click here to see my go-to math centers and grab free samples.
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