The "What's the Common Attribute" activity involves critical thinking with pattern blocks. This activity can be used year-round and makes a great starter activity, especially during that three-week geometry unit. The only prerequisite skills needed are some basic vocabulary terms related to shapes, e.g. sides, angles, congruent, equal.
Here’s how the activity works:
1. Display the puzzler on a large dry-erase board or wall.
2. Ask the students, “What’s the common attribute?”
3. Provide think time.
4. Ask students to “turn and talk” to a shoulder partner, face partner, neighbor, or classmate to discuss the answer.
5. Have students share their responses with the class.
Click here or on the image above to grab a free copy of my "What's the Common Attribute" pack. It includes 5 puzzlers to use with your students. It also includes a solution guide. Enjoy!
Want to know more?
Head on over to The Routty Math Teacher website and check out my "Critical Thinking with Pattern Blocks" series. Read it here!