|Grade span:||1 to 2|
Description:This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement the Finding Math practice. In this activity, students hunt for hidden geometric shapes and work together to recognize the properties of shapes.
- Understand basic properties (number of sides, corners, square corners) of shapes
- Recognize regularities, similarities, and differences among shapes
- Different colored cut-outs of squares, rectangles, circles, ovals, and triangles
- Using different-colored construction paper, cut out squares, rectangles, circles, and ovals. You should have enough for each student to find a shape. There should be sets of three shapes with something in common (straight sides, four corners, rounded, etc.).
- Save one of each shape and color to review, then hide the shapes around the room for students to find.
What to Do:
- Review each shape and color with students. Ask students to describe each shape, its color, the number of sides and corners, or if it doesn't have any corners. Which shapes are similar? Which are different? Why?
- Explain to students that there are shapes hidden throughout the room for each student to find. As they find the shapes, they need to find two other students to sit with (groups of three) whose shapes have something in common with their own.
- Give students time to find the shapes and two students whose shapes have something in common with their own.
- Give groups time to discuss the properties of their shapes.
- Ask each group to report in, describing where they found their shapes, what shapes they found, and how they are both similar and different.