It should be easy to use Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge in the classroom, although if you do, you'll need to use your own method for tracking progress. The game would work well as an exploration tool during a geometry unit. As kids learn about shapes, have them complete a level on their own. Then discuss the level as a class, making a group list of shape attributes as part of the discussion. Challenge kids to create their own tangram puzzles to share with their classmates.Continue reading Show less
Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge is a set of interactive puzzles that teaches kids early geometry concepts while touching on some important Common Core math standards. As they work on tangram-style puzzles, kids learn attributes of shapes, including triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, trapezoids, pentagons, and rhombi. The puzzles help kids develop spatial awareness and an understanding of geometric relationships. In Level 1, for example, kids have to rotate triangles to form squares. This reinforces the idea that moving shapes doesn't change their attributes, and that small shapes can form larger composite shapes. Kids also learn about right angles and parallel and perpendicular sides. The puzzles are an exciting and interactive way for kids to build strong geometry and problem-solving skills.
Key Standards Supported
Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.