Monday, May 16, 2016

Geometry Galore

Are you at that time of year too?

That time of year when you are surrounded by cylinders and rectangles?

And no, we’re not talking about those empty Coca Cola cans and stacks of end of the year to do list papers you have accumulating.

We have been busy working on shapes in Kindergarten and First Grade.

We began by exploring the different sizes and orientations of shapes. We made these charts for our students to use to sort the shapes.
In Kindergarten, each student had a set of shapes that they had to sort on to the papers. We discussed as a class if the shapes belonged where they were placed.

In First Grade, students worked in cooperative groups to sort the shapes. Students rotated to each paper to determine if the shapes belonged where they were placed. Then they had to develop definitions for each group of shapes.

We have also been working on identifying and classifying 2D and 3D shapes.

We thought a fun way to do this (and also tie the shapes to something they love) would be to sort food by their shapes. We made a mat for each child to sort their food on.
First Graders also learned how to partition shapes into halves and fourths. They finished the unit by using Play-Doh to practice creating plane shapes and partition them with Partitioning Tools. (Tip- call them Partitioning Tools instead of Plastic Knives and they will use them correctly and safely!) 
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