Developing Geometry Concepts: All About Shapes
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# Developing Geometry Concepts: All About Shapes

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## Shape Song

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This is a cute sing-a-long for learning the names of 2-D and 3-D shapes. Not only does it show a picture of the shape, it also has the written name, orally pronounces the name, and invites the students to repeat the names. It is a great game that adds a little fun to learning. As we get into geometry second semester, this would be a fun game to sing along too during morning meeting to help my students get more familiar with the names and categories of shapes!

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Can help to show students a visual of requirements of CCSS.Math.2.G.A.1 Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as given numbe rof angles or a given number of equal faces. 1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and cubes.

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## 3-D Shapes facts worksheet

This file is a 1 page worksheet to review how many faces, edges, and vertices there are in these 3-D shapes. Shapes included are a cone, cube, cylinder,
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Thanks to teacherspayteachers.com (a phenominal resource for everything imaginable) this worksheet is a great assessment tool! I plan to use this to assess my students understanding after spending time talking about faces, edges, and vertices. The students responses will allow me to clearly assess their understanding of the differences between the three.

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## Geometry Riddles

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This website has some really fun geometry riddles that I could use for a warm up or an extension activity. The riddle describles a shape by the number of sides, length of sides, number of corners, etc. and the student will have to identify which shape it is describing from the given choices.

In my mentors classroom we also incorporate Daily 5 in Math and this could be a fun individual or partner activity that the students could work on at one of their rotations.

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## 2nd Grade Intro to Geometry

Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston is a Jewish Day School for children in grades K-8. Schechter enrolls more than 470 students from 36 cities and...
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This video is the introductory geometry lesson for a second grade class. It illustrates a basic shape sort, giving students multiple pictures of shapes and allowing them to sort them however they would like. This is something I plan to do at the very beginning of the geometry unit (before any instruction takes place) to get an idea of how my students identify shapes on their own. This will allow students to start thinking about the many aspects of shapes and give me an idea of their overall thinking.

I would love to do this exact same activity again at the end of the unit and see if the students decide to sort the shapes differently after receving instruction. We can then go back and compare their shape sort before the unit to after and let them visualize how their concepts of thinking about shapes changed.

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On Pinterest, I found this great resource for connecting geometry activities to the common core state standards! Full of great ideas such as a "Shape Monster" activity which not only has students create the shape on their own, but they also have to identify the shapes attributes that they used to create their monster. This is a fun activity I can use after teaching the basic attributes they must learn in second grade (identifying number of angles, equal faces, triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, cubes, etc.)

This resource also includes an activity called "What Shape Am I?" which I can use to incorporate writing into the geometry lesson. For this activity the students not only have to be able to describe every aspect of their shape so that their peer who reads it can identify the shape, but they also have to draw the shape correctly themselves.

These are only 2 examples from this resource that I plan to implement in my classroom, but there are many more great ones as well.

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An activity I could use incorperating art with geometry shapes.

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## Learning Takes Shape with Geometric Blocks - School News Network

Learning Takes Shape with Geometric Blocks
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Put a bunch of different-shaped wooden blocks in front of kids, and they're bound to do goofy things with them.
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I love this idea for when I teach geometry next semester. Instead of teaching out of a textbook, this school was able to use a hands-on approach to teaching geometry. Allowing high school students who created shapes out of wood explain their experience to 2nd graders was not only extremely engaging for the young students, but also very beneficial. Through the high-schoolers explanations,  these 2nd grade students were able to have a hands-on learning experience identifying different 3 dimensional shapes, and even talking about the number of edges, vertices, and faces needed in order to create the shape.

I think this would be a motivating experience my second graders that I would love to try. Having high school students create shapes and come talk to my class may not be possible, but I could ask if any of the older grades were creating 3 dimensional shapes (maybe out of paper) in math or art that they could come share with my class. Anytime that we can incorporate a hands-on, motivational, and engaging experience for our students is something that we can not turn down.

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