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Students examine a painting. In this shapes and puzzle lesson plan, students view Guston's painting Blue Water and identify the colors, shapes and recognizable forms. Students work in groups to put together puzzle pieces of the painting. Students use Lego pieces to create structures similar to those in the painting.
Explore polygons with your elementary learners. Divide the class in 12 to configure the polygon puzzle before them. They list the attributes of each type of polygon they see, and if there's time, they jump on the interactive website Polygon Playground. Materials are attached here. Although the lesson states that it is designed to meet third grade Common Core math standards, it is not clear as to how that should be done.
Here is a great problem-solving activity for young mathematicians. Intended solely for instructional purposes, the activity is appropriate for learners to add four numbers together. Not only must they add four numbers together, youngsters are challenged to find the route over the toll bridge without going over 100. Have them find more than one route to really test their understanding.
Ancient Rome continues to fascinate. Visit the ruins, test your knowledge of Roman mythology, play memory games and complete jigsaw puzzles. Loaded with images and information, this app is engaging and interactive.
Give your mathematicians this set of data and have them create a dot plot, then find mean and median. They are asked to question the values of the mean and median and decide why they are not equal. Have learners write their answers or share as a class. Expand your answers choices to include box and whisker or other graphs.
Students explore world geography by identifying the continents on Earth. In this continental drift lesson, students examine a worksheet which uses the world continents as puzzle pieces to create the single land called "Pangea." Students complete a crossword puzzle using vocabulary terms associated with the Alfred Wegener.
Take a creative approach to division using this "cereal box puzzle" lesson. The idea is clear: learners examine division number sentences with missing numbers, all of which have nine as either the quotient or divisor. Then, they notice patterns which allow them to use multiplication to figure out the numbers, arriving at the connection between division and multiplication. However, the puzzle, which you can project, is not fully compatible with procedures. Adjust to fit your class needs.
Students identify and discuss an attribute that makes them special and unique. The teacher interviews each student about their interests and skills, writes the answers down on a "Puzzle Person," cut apart the puzzle to create an individual puzzle, and discuss the similarities and differences between themselves and their classmates.
Fourth graders, while working in centers read Richie's Rocket by Joan Anderson, and then create a puzzle using ideas, emotions, and experiences from the story. In addition, they write specific definitions for certain words, use those words in sentences, write a synonym for the word, draw a picture of the word, and create a short dramatic scene from the story.
Fourth graders, after reading with intonation and expression the book, "Richie's Rocket," by Joan Anderson, circulate in centers to create a puzzle with emotions and experiences from the ideas in the story, write the definition of words down, write each word in a complete sentence as well as list a synonym for each word. They also create a short dramatic scene from the book.
Sixth graders explore the works and different type of art painted by Vincent Van Gogh. In this Van Gogh instructional activity, 6th graders recognize characteristics of Van Gogh's work and identify his self portrait. Students assemble puzzle pieces to put this portrait together and discuss elements of his life and his art.