This activity makes a good whole group or small group lesson or math center activity. Also a great STEAM activity!
Standards addressed in this activity:
K.G Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).
2. Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
3. Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three-dimensional (“solid”). Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
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).
5. Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
Higher-Order Thinking Component of This Lesson:
There were some shapes, intentionally, included on the task cards that students will not be able to build (cone, circle, oval) with marshmallows and pretzel sticks/toothpicks. Students should discover this problem on the own, and explain the reasons for this problem (Theses shapes have no sides.)