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2D Shapes & Attributes (Hands-on Math Centers)

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This 2D shape/ plane shape resource is filled with hands-on math centers perfect for students in second and third grade. These activities go beyond simple shape recognition and ask students to think deeply about shape attributes as they categorize shapes and explain their thinking using math language and vocabulary.

Shapes included are circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons, squares, rectangles, parallelograms, rhombuses/rhombi, and trapezoids. Visual representations include traditional depictions of each shape as well as less common representations, clarifying that not all members of a shape category look the same.


Here’s what you’ll find inside:

Shape Puzzles- Completing these 3-piece shape puzzles, students will match shape names, pictures, and definitions. Make these self-checking by placing a matching small colored dot or sticker on the back of each piece before laminating.

Trace, Name, and Explain Playdough Shape Task Cards- Students will roll playdough into ropes and use them to trace over the shape shown on a half-page task card. On the recording sheet, students name the shape and explain in writing how they know the name they chose fits the shape.

Shape Clip-It Cards- Students will look at the shape name in the center of the card and use clothespins to pin examples of the shape located around the card’s edges. These can be made self-checking by placing a small dot or sticker on the back of the card behind the correct answers before laminating.

Sort It Cut and Pastes- Students cut out shapes at the bottom of the page and paste them into corresponding categories, sorting by shape name, angles, sides, and more. Five unique cut and pastes are included. The angles sort is included in two versions. The first refers to square corners. The second references right angles.


These activities address the following Common Core Standards:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.G.A.1: Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes. 

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.G.A.1: Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.


This resource is also included in my Shapes & Attributes Math Center Bundle. Purchase two resources together and save!


You may also be interested in my 2D Shape Games and 3D Shapes Games resources. Both are included at a discounted price in my Shape Games Bundle.


If you enjoy this product, please consider following my store. I post new products and freebies regularly! You can contact me with any questions or requests at secondgradesmilesstore@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles

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