Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.
In both kindergarten and first grade we want to help students to understand that objects are made up of a shapes. As well as we want children to see a shape and its defining attributes. For instance, we want to instill in children that a three sided, closed object is a triangle no matter if it is big or small, blue or yellow-it is still a triangle because of its defining attributes. We can tell students this and even show them…but what better way to teach students than to let them explore with shapes and orientation on their own through structured play.
Whether you have GeoBoards or iPads in your classroom, you can take advantage of my latest pack to help your students explore with shapes in a fun independent center.
The solution to flying rubber bands?!?! A FUN FREE APP of coarse! 🙂 GeoBoard, by The Math Learning Center is an engaging app that gives students the opportunity to explore shapes. This app allows students to make drag rubber bands to make shapes and create images made by shapes.