Always, Sometimes, or Never: Critical Thinking Activities for Geometry
This set of activities offers a variety of challenging statements on topics in Geometry. Students have to determine whether each statement is "always true," "sometimes true," or "never true," which requires a deep understanding of the material.
Sets (topics) included:
- Points, Lines, Planes, & Angles
- Special Angle Pairs
- Conditional Statements
- Circle Theorems
Two versions are included in each set -
Version 1 (Worksheet) - Students determine whether each statement is "always true," "sometimes true," or "never true." They color each one accordingly and end up with a design that can be checked quickly for accuracy (but cannot be easily predicted by students).
Version 2 (Sorting Activity) - Students can work alone or in pairs or small groups. Students sort the statement cards into the correct category on the sorting mat ("always true," "sometimes true," or "never true"). This works great as a learning station. You can print the cards on colored cardstock and laminate them to re-use each year.
Reviews from other teachers:
- Great small-group activity, thank you!
- Love all of these. They spark great discussions!
- Great activity. I like to scaffold this activity by providing students with transparent colored circular chips, exactly enough of each color. The 1-inch chips fit perfectly and allow students to know if they are on the right track before they begin coloring.
- These help my students get the hang of SAN excersices and I love how quick they are to grade!
- Appreciate you including 2 different versions!
- The ASN exercises by this author are well done, they make the students think deeply about the concepts.
- I love these kinds of activities. It really makes the students use critical thinking.
- Love the DOK of these questions!!
- I used the cards and made the poster large enough for students to work in groups. The discussion was FANTASTIC! I used the individual coloring sheet for them to record their results. Thank you for a very engaging activity for my accelerated students.
- This was very challenging for the students!
- These are great critical thinking problems.
- My students love to use these. They are always available for early finishers. Students love to collaborate and prove to each other why a statement fits a sometimes, always or never.
- I love the level of thinking that some of the statements require!
- I love that there are different options for activities. I love Always, Sometimes, Never because it makes them really THINK! Thanks!
- Absolutely love this resource. It requires students to think critically about the math and helps them to clarify their understanding and increase their vocabulary acquistion.
- I love the always/sometimes/never papers! What starts out looking like a simple activity, turns into some deep conversations/thinking. My students get really into them!
- My 10th grade Pre-AP Geometry students struggle with these kinds of questions the most. I'm so thankful to have an activity that will help them get more practice in a more fun way!