Sunday, February 5, 2012

We're Seeing Shapes EVERYWHERE!

Students have been learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes. They have learned the names of them (including the triangular prism and rectangular prism) and also tried to identify objects in the real world that are similar shapes. Students worked in groups of threes or fours to make a list/draw objects that resembled a particular shape. Here's one example below of pictures and words that students thought resembled a triangular prism: a party hat, a Christmas tree, a pyramid, the point of a spear, and a beak! Shapes really are all around us! Students did a great job working together on this project and presenting their papers to the rest of the class.

Students also received a 2-D paper cut out and was challenged with the idea of making that shape become part of something else. For example, a circle is just a circle, but when I add a straight line below it, it becomes a lollipop. The pictures below show students thinking of a square as a "package," a "robot," and a "grandfather clock."

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