Teacher will ask the class: Have you ever gone to a birthday party? Did you wear party hat like this? (Teacher puts on birthday hat) Did you blow some bubbles? (Teacher blows bubbles) Did you play with toys like these? (Teacher is playing with a kaleidoscope and a Rubik's cube) Today we are going to discover together what each of these solid figures are and be able to pick out other solid figures from around the room.
The teacher will hold up different figures that she has collected and tell what each figure is and where she found it. She will ask the students to find another object in the classroom that is the same shape. She will also write each figure’s name on the board.
a. Sphere - (teacher is holding a basketball) "I found this in my son's room and perhaps you've played with one at PE.
Ask: What is this? (students will answer basketball) Teacher replies, yes, but it is also known as a sphere. She writes sphere on the board. The bubbles that I blew are also called spheres. Spheres are round and solid like balls and bubbles. Lets look around the room and find more spheres. (Students will see pictures of a sun, moon, and soccer ball, and will also see a globe, golf balls and an orange.) Very Good!!
b. Cylinder – (teacher is holding a paper towel tube) Can anyone guess where I found this? (students will answer inside of paper towels) Yes! This is known as a cylinder and I found it inside of my paper towel roll in my kitchen. The kaleidoscope that I was playing with is also known as a cylinder. She writes cylinder on the board. A cylinder is long and the ends look like circles. Where else might you find a cylinder like this in your home? Yes! Very good! Inside the toilet tissue roll. Now, lets look around the room for more cylinders. (Students will be able to find a dowel pin, a can of peas, and a pencil) Great!
c. Cube – (teacher is holding up a tissue box in the shape of a cube) You probably have a box of tissue in your home right? This box of tissue was on my filing cabinet and it is in the shape of a cube. She writes cube on the board. This (holdling up the Rubik's cube) is also known as a cube. A cube has six flat sides. Count them with me, 1-2-3-4-5-6! Good. Now lets look around the room for more cubes, remember they have 6 sides. (students will be able to find some numbered cubes, building blocks, and a present.) You all are doing so well! We have one more solid figure to go!
d. Cone – (teacher is holding up a styrofoam cone) This is known as a cone! I found this at Wal-Mart in the craft section. She writes cone on the board. If I turn this upside down, what does it remind you of? (students will reply ice cream cone or snow cone) Yes! What can we eat in our cone? (students will reply ice cream or flavored snow cone) Yes, we can eat a snow cone or ice cream out of a cone. The party hat is also a cone. It has a circle for the bottom and it comes to a point. Can you find another cone in the room? (students will be able to see another party hat, a paper funnel and a smaller styrofoam cone) Wow! We have done it! We have learned about 4 different solid figures today!
Teacher will explain to students how to use a digital camera.
Teacher will "hide" items from previous lesson on the playground for students to find. Students are divided into groups of four and given a particular shape to search for on the playground. The groups are each given a digital camera to take pictures of their shape as they find it on the playground. Instruct the students to only collect and photograph their shape.
Once all shapes have been photographed and collected, the teacher will instruct students on how to use PhotoStory. The groups will use their pictures to create a PhotoStory.