For each student:
Student Activity Sheet for Learning Experience 4
For the class:
3 cardboard trays
Property word chart from learning experience #1
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.
Students will identify the shapes of the geo blocks, pattern
blocks, and tangram pieces. At each center, students will evaluate each shape.
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
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.
How many “shape” words did you find?
Additional centers may be set up to utilize other suitably
STUDENT ACTIVITY SHEET for Learning Experience 4
Shape Drawings from Geo Blocks
Shape Drawings from Pattern Blocks
Shape Drawings from Tangrams