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Compare, contrast and define different quadrilaterals. Build them on the map to play the capture the flag mini-game.

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Compare, contrast and define different quadrilaterals. Build them on the map to play the capture the flag mini-game. Game/Play NGSS Online  Project-Based STEM Minecraft

Learning Objectives

Common Core Standards:

  • CCSS.Math.Content.3.G.A.1 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.

Guiding Ideas

Opening Sideshow

  • Materials: Math notebooks and pencils (colored pencils and graph paper are good for this too)
  • Slideshow file (See supporting Files section)
  • Whiteboard and markers

The point of the slideshow is to show students different kinds of quadrilaterals. You feel that the students can define them unveil the Big Idea.

A quadrilateral is a four lined shape.

Student Activities

Game Set Up : The Math Battlefield

1) Build the Map

All players will enter the world and get in there team’s skin (Gold Team’s skin or Purple Team’s skin). The teacher will push the build the map button, all players will be teleported into the team choosing room. After the players go to the Gold or Purple side they will enter the map. Each student should be able to create one to three math models. Models should not touch.

2) Peer Review

Have each student peer review at least 3 math models. Once all math models have been peer reviewed start the game.

3) Play Capture the Flag

The teacher will hit the “Play Game” button and the players will be teleported into their team locker rooms. The players will choose their characters and enter the game and try to destroy their opponents flag.

(See Game Rules Sheet in Supporting Files)

The first team to break all blocks of the other teams flag wins .

Once all the blocks of the team’s flag have been destroyed a message will say the winner and kill at the players to end the game.

Debrief Questions

  • What patterns did you see in the equivalent fractions
  • Why is ½ the same thing as 4/8th?
  • What is the difference between a number and an amount?

Performance Expectations

  • The student was able to come up with definitions for quadrilaterals, squares, rectangle, rhombus, and parallelogram. (3.GA.1)
  • The student was able to compare and contrast different quadrilaterals. (3.GA.1)
  • The student was able to build math models of quadrilaterals and compare them to their definitions. (3.GA.1)
  • The student was able to Recreate a different quadrilateral from the work of other students. (3.GA.1)
  • The student was able to document their models with pictures in their portfolios.


  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Related Engage NY Module link.

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