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Eric Carle Character Attributes: A Think Math! Common Core Math Activity

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Your students will use attribute links to build characters from Eric Carle books and then sort the links according to a variety of attributes. A SMARTBoard Lesson on attributes is included (also provided in hard copy so you do not need a SMARTBoard to implement). Differentited levels challenge students to sort by single, then multiple attributes simultaneously. This activity is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and directly connects with Chapter 1 of the Think Math! program. It can be used with any geometry focus on shapes and attributes.

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Common Core State Standards Aligned:
Kindergarten
Identify and describe shapes.
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.1 Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.2 Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.3 Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three-dimensional (“solid”).

Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.4 Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.5 Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
• CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.6 Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?”

Reason with shapes and their attributes.
• CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.1 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.
• CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.2 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.1

1 Students do not need to learn formal names such as “right rectangular prism.”

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