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Second graders explore geometric shapes and define them by line and angles, and closed and open shapes. They create shapes using rubber bands and geoboards, then draw and cut out the congruent shapes on paper. Students then describe a shape to a partner, and they create that shape on a geoboard using just the oral description.
In this geometrical shapes and literature lesson, 1st graders read the story "Grandfather Tang's Story," and respond to the story by creating different creatures from it using tangrams. Students who use all 7 of their tangrams and write 2 descriptive sentences about their creation receive a sticker. A nice, cross-curricular lesson.
Shapes can be found everywhere, even in a quilt. Children reproduce basic shape patterns using tangrams, then read Grandfather Tang's Story. They explore a variety of centers related to patterns and finish the lesson by decorating graham crackers to construct edible quilt blocks.
Seventh graders practice finding the area and perimeter of polygons. In this polygon area lesson plan, 7th graders brainstorm shapes and take a walk to locate shapes. Students record properties of shapes and use various shapes to make a polygon. Students practice finding formulas for the area of a square, rectangle, triangle, parallelogram, and trapezoid. Students complete to problems by maximizing area with a given perimeter.
Class members become tree huggers with this terrific study of biodiversity among trees! They do so by examining different characteristics of trees: shape, leaves, bark, fruit or seeds, etc. After examining five concepts, they use their knowledge to design a community landscape. Beautifully illustrated handouts are included, and learners actually cut out small trees to affix on the community map! This resource is "treetop-notch!"
First graders learn the names of geometric shapes and about African cultures. In this geometry and culture lesson, 1st graders describe real world objects and learn to name them with geometric terms such as square, circle, and triangle. They listen to Ifeoma Onyefulu's, A Triangle for Adaora, before they find and name shapes while making a poster.
The second half of a two-part study of tangrams introduces first graders to geometry. A tangram template and many ideas are useful for a primary grade lesson in flipping and rotating shapes, and using geometric shapes to create other shapes. References to a project using Photostory (video-making software you can download for free) from the first lesson inspire ideas about how to integrate language arts: have small groups tell a story illustrated with shapes they make by combining the tangram pieces. However, much of the lesson is focused on properties like congruence and similarity, angles, and parallel sides that would only be relevant to your most gifted learners or classes older than first grade. Select the best parts of the resource to use in your classroom.
Students explore geometry by utilizing computer software. In this shape identification lesson, students define several geometric shapes by the characteristics that classify them. Students draw and cut out geometric shapes using their characteristics as guidelines before completing a computer geometry activity.
Which shape is the same? Young geometers match a triangle, circle, rectangle, and square to their identical counterparts, connecting them with a line from left to right. Then, they do the same thing with a set of four circular shapes, matching them to the shape with the same orientation. Consider extending this by having them color each shape pair the same color, reinforcing the term same.
An outstanding lesson on teaching the basic shapes and polygon names to young geometers is here for you. In it, learners investigate the role of basic polygons in the strength of structures. They use geoboards, rubber bands, streamed video, and engage in games and in-class activities that should strengthen their understanding of the world of geometry.