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Composing 2D Shapes | Shape Atrributes | Geoboard Task Cards

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    Looking for hands-on practice for your students to compose shapes? These worksheets and activities can be used individually, in centers or for homework and assessment, for studying shapes in first grade. The PowerPoint Slides resource can be used with a whole class, small group centers or for individual users just hand out geoboards and let students make shapes - simple to use ! Looking to integrate technology with your young learners? The math center runs itself on an interactive whiteboard or on tablets!

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    What's Included (Check out the previews for a closer look):


    • 2 review of shapes worksheets
    • 21 attributes of shapes activities - defining and non-defining attributes
    • 15 composing shapes from other shapes composite shapes
    • 13 scaled pattern block shapes (large and small)
    • 12 dividing shapes in equal shares

    Many of these sheets could also be used as a pre-unit and post-unit assessment.

    Geoboard PowerPoint Center

    17 slides showing a variety of shapes:

    • 4 different squares
    • 4 different triangles
    • 4 different rectangles
    • 1 pentagon
    • 1 hexagon
    • 1 octagon
    • 1 trapezoid
    • 1 cat!

    Recording sheets - 2 versions

    Directions for teachers


    In order to give students a firm grasp of combining and partitioning shapes to make new shapes, both large and regular sized pattern blocks are included. This helps smaller hands whose cutting skills inadvertently impair their math skills. Use these bigger pattern blocks to introduce the concept of making new shapes and to ensure that students practice tessellating without gaps.

    Run the pattern block sheets on colored construction paper to match pattern block manipulatives available in school.

    The pattern block pages also lend themselves to art and math activities, for example to create monsters and describe them using geometrical terms and positional vocabulary.

    Geoboard PowerPoint Center

    Each slide lasts 1 minute 30 seconds, which I have found is plenty of time for students to make the shape. But you can challenge your students by giving them a shorter period of time, or longer if you feel it is necessary. The slides also progress on a mouse-click or by touching a tablet screen. Full directions for changing the times are included.

    Left to run as is, the slideshow will last 25 minutes - a perfect amount of time for a math center.

    Please check the preview to get a better sense of this resource.

    You can also print the slides (directions included) to make task cards for students to use if not using the presentation.


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    80 pages
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    Teaching Duration
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.
    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.
    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.


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