Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Math Workstations Blog Party Chapter 7

You can follow this week's blog party of math workstations here this week!

How do you support math vocabulary (math talk) at Geometry stations?
I encourage the students to use math vocabulary as they talk with their math group.  I teach them to compare and contrast the shapes as they work.  Also how to look for combining and dividing shapes to make other shapes as they work.

What student activities help support your student’s understanding of how to draw, build, make, put together, and take apart 2-D and 3-D shapes?
See below

What is your student’s favorite geometry work station/activity?
  • Dividing the students into pairs, one child places an attribute block into the hands of another child who has their hands behind their back.  The students try to figure out which shape their partner placed into their hands behind their back.
  • 2D and 3D Shape bump games are favorites in my room (see here for 2D shapes and here for 3D shapes)!
  • "I have...Who has?" with shapes (sample game here)
  • Shape Puzzles from Lakeshore but you could make your own














  • Using shapes to make pictures like this activity from Lakeshore .  This site offers a lot of them for free:)
  • Using straw and twist ties to make various 2D and 3D shapes.  This is part of the 2nd grade Everyday Math program but I think that it is equally beneficial for 1st graders and Ks as well.
  • Making shapes on geoboards
  • Go on a shape scavenger hunt around the school.  You can do this if you have cameras for the kids to use, or they can just draw/label the shapes and where they found them.

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