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This is a hands-on lesson that will help students explore shapes in their environment. Students will work in diverse groups to complete this activity. Students will make a class book of their findings.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
Geometry: Describing shapes and spaceChildren interpret the physical world with geometric ideas (e.g., shape, orientation, spatial relations) and describe it with corresponding vocabulary. They identify, name, and describe a variety of shapes, such as squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, (regular) hexagons, and (isosceles) trapezoids presented in a variety of ways (e.g., with different sizes or orientations), as well as such three-dimensional shapes as spheres, cubes, and cylinders. They use basic shapes and spatial reasoning to model objects in their environment and to construct more complex shapes.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
The students will discover shapes in their environment.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
The students will illustrate their favorite findings to make a class book.
61 to 90 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Doods, building blocks, assessment handout, construction paper, crayons, pencils, clipboards, staples or ribbon.
Technology Resources Needed:
Be sure to check that computer has presentation software.
Use shape hunt data handout from attachment to do a quick assessment. (Student's may mix up rectangles and squares.)
Let student's pantomime different shapes.
Physical models of a cube, cone, sphere, cylinder, rectangular prism, and triangular prism
Matching Illustrations and Solids
Give each group of students a set of physical models of the geometric solids and a set of pictures of geometric solids cut from Shape Cards Sheet. Have the students match each solid with its illustration. As you circulate, observe students' actions and listen to their conversation for ongoing assessment. As you move among the students ask helpful questions, such as:
Assign a peer tutor to struggling students.
Shape Hunt Game- Students pick cards from a collection of shape cards from the Shape Cards Sheet and try to find an example of each shape. The hunt can take place within the classroom, throughout the school, at home, etc. Players can try to be the first to find all their shapes. Or they can try to find the most shapes in a given time.
Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom
for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.