Learning Experience 4: Shapes

TEACHER’S GUIDE

Materials:

For each student:

Student Activity Sheet for Learning Experience 4

For the class:

Geo blocks

Pattern blocks

Tangram cards

Tangram pieces

3 cardboard trays

Property word chart from learning experience #1

Preparation:

Read the background information in the Properties Teacher’s Manual. (Please see PDF) Set up three learning centers in the classroom with cardboard trays containing the following:

One box of Geo Blocks

One container of Pattern Blocks

One set of Tangram cards and ten sets of Tangram pieces

Allow the students to circulate between the centers for three consecutive sessions.

Basic Skills Development:

Listening

Speaking

Matching

Observing

Evaluation Strategy:

Students will identify the shapes of the geo blocks, pattern blocks, and tangram pieces. At each center, students will evaluate each shape.

Vocabulary:

diamond

hexagon

rectangle

octagon

square

triangle

cube

Objective: Students will work at three different centers working with Geo blocks, pattern blocks, and tangrams to gain experience working with shapes.

What is a shape?

What shapes do you know?

Explain how you expect the students to use the three centers. Allow the students to circulate between the centers for three consecutive sessions. At the end of each session, have the students draw their shapes on the Student Activity Sheet for Learning Experience 4.

At the Geo Blocks center, suggest to the students that they should observe the shapes by constructing buildings, roads, towers, etc. They may bring in small cars and other toys to complement their construction.

At the Pattern Blocks center, suggest to the students that they should observe the shapes by creating designs and patterns for other students to replicate. At the Tangram center, suggest to the students that they should observe the shapes by using one small square, two small triangles, and one rhomboid to solve all the puzzles on the cards. One large triangle is also shown on cars to be used to create shapes.

Discussion Question:

How many “shape” words did you find?

Extension:

Additional centers may be set up to utilize other suitably shaped objects.

STUDENT ACTIVITY SHEET for Learning Experience 4

Name___________________________________________

SHAPES

Shape Drawings from Geo Blocks

Shape Drawings from Pattern Blocks

Shape Drawings from Tangrams

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