Partitioning Circles and Rectangles- Independent Practice

2nd - 3rd

Start simple by using a shape-partitioning worksheet. Scholars begin by segmenting basic shapes in halves and quarters. On the second page, they move on to more complex shapes, such as a heart and a cross, also partitioning them in half and in quarters. If you have time, this would be great to do with actual shape cut-outs, allowing pupils to fold them into these segments. There are five shapes on each of these two pages.

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Shapes Packet

Here are five activity worksheets about specific shapes. The shapes are: circle, oval, square, rectangle, and triangle. There are questions to answer and pictures to color. 

Bridging the Gap

Young scholars explore the role that bridges play in our society. They conduct an investigation to examine the various shapes and functions of bridges. They determine which type of bridge would best suit a given scenario.

Shapes Galore

Here is a fabulous lesson 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!

Finding the Area of Polygons

Third graders are exposed to finding the area of polygons by decomposing figures and recomposing them into rectangles. This strategy allows children to expand on their prior knowledge of constructing shapes by rearranging parts into squares. Ideal for using as a guided practice in order to establish connections between composing shapes and finding their areas.

Tantalizing Tangrams

Constructing and deconstructing shapes is a good way to build foundational geometry skills. The class examines and explores the seven geometric shapes that make up a tangram. They create new shapes and form a square using the seven shapes.

Shape Makers

Here is a great way to help your students discover ways to combine shapes to fill the area of a given shape using pattern blocks. They discover relationships between different shapes. Using the Internet, learners create puzzles for a partner and play an on-line game.

Shapes in the Classroom

Young learners explore and identify solid figures found in the classroom and in magazines. They search for shapes in the classroom, complete a worksheet, cut out and sort magazine pictures, and explore various websites.

Great Shapes Alive!

Compare two- and three-dimensional shapes and construct three dimensional models from two-dimensional shapes. Diagram the shapes and reflect about the process in writing.

Guess My Shape

Students explore shapes. In this geometrical figures lesson, students compare and contrast 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes in a modeling clay activity.

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.

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