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Students explore shapes and patterns found in their own community. They identify shapes and patterns in photographs, and listen to a book about shapes. Students then examine Paul Klee paintings for shapes and patterns, and create a shape picture of something in their community.
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.
Learners 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.
Students explore regular geometric shapes. In this shapes activity, students investigate geometric shapes in the world around them. Students differentiate between regular and irregular shapes.
Shape lessons provide a way for students to learn about art, science, and math.
Students use simple shapes to create simple structures in order to enhance their knowledge of shapes, and creative thinking and fine-motor skills. In this shape exploration lesson, students each receive a shape, and then locate classmates who have similar shapes. Students then use these shapes to create sculptures; the teacher encourages students to try different approaches to help balance and secure the shapes together.
Youngsters recognize that triangles can be combined together to make various shapes. The learning activity provides a series of seven steps that engage children in applying transformations to triangles. Pupils use a quilt template and triangle template to arrange eight triangles onto the shape finder, in order to analyze and recognize geometric shapes. All templates are included in the lesson.
Shape shifters examine and experiment with pattern shapes.  For 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.
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.
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.
Explore five basic shapes- square, rectangle, triangle, circle, and stars with youngsters. They will participate in hands-on activities, draw each shape, name each shape. They also get to eat things that are in the shapes they have just learned to identify.
Students view several different types of triangles. They discuss attributes of a triangle with a partner. Students use a straw cut into pieces to create a triangle. They complete a Triangle Hunt worksheet (teacher created). Students search the room for triangles. They create a page for a class book of triangles.
Students identify both two and three-dimensional shapes. In this geometric shapes lesson, students listen to a teacher led lesson about the island of Puerto Rico. They look at the symbols and shapes on "Puerto Rico Quarter Reverse" on a transparency. They complete associated worksheets by drawing items in the classroom that match the given shapes and coloring the coin.
Students use geometric shapes to describe body parts. In this geometry instructional activity, students use geometry vocabulary as they discuss body parts. They practice drawing bodies using shapes based on a wooden model that is poised to show specific gestures.
Students investigate geometric shapes in their environment, make a geometric design, and write paragraphs describing the design.
Students practice the concepts of time and rhythm using drum beats. They also create body shapes using verbal cues. The shapes made include stretched, curled, angular, or twisted. The rhythm of beats is increased or decreased to explore the concept of timing.
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.
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.
Students investigate how to make a good parachute. In this physics lesson, students observe the motion of parachutes as it falls and measure the time. They collect data and calculate the average descent time for each canopy shape.