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Attributes of Polygons: Stretchy Shapes
Fourth graders use dancing methodology in a polygon and shape activity. In this shape and dance lesson, 4th graders discuss shapes in dance, math, and everyday life. Students use dancing activities to recognize and analyze shapes.
Geometers hit the town to examine signs and analyze their geometric shape attributes. First, review these concepts using the linked podcast and assess comprehension with the interactive shape attribute tool, also an online link. As you project these, scholars can take notes and draw the shapes. Be sure to cover shape identification as well as sides, vertices, angles, and symmetry. Give scholars guided practice with the attached worksheet, which has them find shapes in photographs. Finally, small groups search around town with digital cameras (or online if a field trip isn't feasible) to find their assigned shape(s), which they present to the class later in a slide show. The example link in the extension ideas doesn't work.
Identifying Geometric Shapes in Everyday Life
Elementary school learners explore the concept of geometric shapes, focusing on the circle, triangle, square, and rectangle. They look at photographs to find "hidden shapes." The youngsters discuss all the shapes that can be found all around us, everyday.
Geometric Shape Dances
Students use movement and dance in order to strengthen mathematical understanding of different geometric shapes. The movements are imitating the drawing of shapes and they pick one to make into a dance. Upon beginning the dance music can be added.
Polygons in Symmetry: Animal Inventions
Fourth graders use polygons to create animal figures with symmetry. In this polygons and symmetry lesson, 4th graders create a symmetrical animal collage by cutting and gluing geometric shapes and figures from math activities.
Shape shifters examine and experiment with pattern shapes. In this geometry lesson, they work in groups to name and describe pattern block shapes, and they discover the combinations of shapes that can be placed inside a hexagon.
Geometric Shapes at the OK Corral
Students explore regular geometric shapes. In this shapes lesson plan, students investigate geometric shapes in the world around them. Students differentiate between regular and irregular shapes.
Activity Plan 3-4: Scrumptious Shapes
Students discover together that shapes are everywhere - even in the food we eat. In this early childhood math and art lesson, students read about shapes, identify foods that match geometric shapes, and create a class book.
Getting into Shape
Students identify 3-D geometric shapes through different pieces of artwork. They examine and identify segments and angles. Students act out shapes and create a piece of artwork. Additional cross curriculum activities are listed.
First graders practice manipulating shapes into different locations. They see that even though shapes may look different when they are moved into different locations, the shape remains the same with the same properties. They make pictures using precut shapes.
Here is a fabulous activity on shapes for young elementary learners. They view a presentation on shapes that is led by the teacher, then construct shapes on their own using paper, straws, tape, and other supplies. Fantastic worksheets are embedded in the plan, as is the weblink that the teacher accesses to show the presentation. A terrific math lesson plan!
Geometric Shapes All Around Us
Students explore different geometric shapes. In this geometry lesson, students find and photograph shapes in their surroundings. They make a poster board to display and analyze their different shapes.
Geometric Shapes in Art
Second graders discover geometry in art. In this geometric shapes lesson, 2nd graders view a PowerPoint featuring several paintings. Students note the geometric shapes they see, and what is similiar and different about the paintings. Students share their comments with the class.
Shapes, Patterns, and Plants
Students imagine they are animals in the Palace Facade painting. In this Palace Facade lesson plan, students observe and discuss the geometric and organic shapes in the painting shown to them.
Animal Colors and Shapes
Students investigate the natural characteristics of animals by completing a coloring activity. In this animal properties lesson, students investigate the reasons different animals have specific colors, and how it is essential for their survival. Students examine images of the animals using a computer and color them.
Describing and Creating Plane Figures - Grade One
Young mathematicians draw, create, and describe different shapes using triangles. They discuss attributes of the original and created shapes. Pupils classify the created shapes and draw and write in mathematics journals to communicate what they recall. Students see the relationship between two shapes, such as how two triangles can make a square.
Shapes Are Everywhere
Third graders discover geometric shapes by drawing everyday still objects. In this illustration lesson, 3rd graders discuss drawing techniques applying to still life and practice these techniques in class. Students identify the different shapes in objects before they begin to draw them, which makes it easier to draw correct proportions.
Expression And Joy With Line, Shape And Color
Young scholars make positive and negative shapes that be used to create a composition. The picture planes for this project are large sheets of paper, cut into different lengths and widths which, when finished, can be displayed as paper banners.
Exploring Geometric Shapes
Third graders construct geometric shapes. In this geometric figures lesson, 3rd graders design and create their own village of geometric shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows. Students must name the shapes and describe their attributes (number of faces, angles, edges, etc.)
Making Pictures from Smaller Shapes
Students investigate shapes. In this dimension and orientation of shapes lesson, students identify and color shapes, use shape stamps to form animals, glue shapes together to make other objects and describe how shapes are used.