3D Summary Shapes can be used for any area of your curriculum and can be completed individually or cooperatively. If completing individually, the student will need 4 copies of the specific shape; if done cooperatively, divide students into groups of 4, each student focusing on a different aspect of what is being studied. The three shapes included are circle, square and triangle. 3D Summary Shapes are great for Open House!
To use 3D Summary Shapes:
Copy one set, as many as needed per student, onto white copy paper to use as a rough draft. Copy another set onto construction paper or cardstock to use as a final draft.
After completing a study of any topic, students will write a paragraph highlighting the most important facts, then edit and revise their writing. Have students plan out their illustration based on their written paragraph. Students are then to copy their rough draft work onto the final copy.
After completing the final copy (writing and illustration), have students fold each sheet in half lengthwise, then open it up and cut out the shape. Once all the shapes for one project are complete, apply glue stick to the back of one half of the shape to adhere to the back half of another shape in the project. Before gluing the last halves together, students may add a string or ribbon to the inside of the summary shape before completely gluing the last halves so that the summary shape can be hung from the ceiling.
Possible ways to use 3D Summary Shapes (all ideas can be done independently or cooperatively:
Math – Give 4 different problems for students to explain in writing, then solve the problem in the space above; students write their own word problems, then illustrate their answer creatively; research a mathematician being studied, write about his/her life, illustrate
Reading/Language Arts – Novel study, after each chapter summarize and illustrate; main characters, main events, parts of a story (beginning, middle, end)
History/Social Studies – Main events being studied, important historical people
Science – Important Scientists, Life Cycles…
…the list is endless!