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Polygon Capture

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Polygon Capture

In this math activity, learners classify polygons according to more than one property at a time. In the context of a game, learners move from a simple description of shapes to an analysis of how properties are related. This lesson guide includes sample steps in the game and extensions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
      • Solid Geometry
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Carroll, William


  • All Rights Reserved, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, ©2008

Funding Source:

  • Thinkfinity/Verizon Foundation


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