Fifteen activities call for scissor work and decision-making as students cut away shapes until they arrive at one remaining shape—and that is the answer!
These hands-on challenges begin with a matrix sheet that is filled with shapes containing words or drawings. Then students start cutting away shapes in response to a series of descriptions. When they finish, there should be one shape left—and that is the answer.
In one activity, Cut Those Cookies, children first look for three drawings that portray a cookie with one big bite missing. The next description asks for a shape containing a drawing of a cookie missing one big bite and a little bite, and so it goes.