String Shapes: How-To

Basic Instructions

  • Break students into groups of 4-6.
  • Provide each group with a 6-8′ length of string
  • Teacher provides prompts for challenges that students have to solve as a group without talking to one another. They can find other ways to communicate, but they can’t talk.
  • Example Prompts:
    • Create an equilateral triangle.
    • Create a shape with at least two parallel sides.
  • Encourage students to find non-standardized ways to measure and check lengths and angles.


  • What was your experience working with your group?
  • What challenges did you encounter? How strategies did you use to solve them?
  • Where else do you see these challenges or have to use these skills?