Lesson Length: 35 - 45 mins
Grade Level: 4
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: In this lesson, students will craft riddles to describe 2D shapes based on their points, angles, and lines.
Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with: points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines.
- Read and discuss the sample comic.
- What possible 2D shapes could be described by the riddle?
Activity: It’s time for students to create their own shape riddles!
- Have students choose from a variety of 2D shapes.
- Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-four-panel “Riddle Comic” describing their shape.
- The comic should ask the reader to guess what shape they are describing based on its points, lines, and angles.
- Students should use the framework provided by the sample comic e.g., “I’m thinking of a shape… It has… What shape could I be thinking of?”
Closure: Have students work in pairs to solve one another’s riddles.
- Is the riddle correct?
- Are there any other clues their partner could have used?
- Assign specific 2D shapes to students as necessary.
- Have students complete the “Riddle Comic” with a partner if helpful.
- Comic to print or display: Comic.