This is a fun activity in which the students can make composite shapes by using 2D Shapes to create monsters or aliens! After being oh so creative, they collect data by counting the colored shapes they used. Then, they graph their findings and write about their creature. This makes for a GREAT display and the students LOVE it! This can be easily used during whole group instruction, centers or Guided Math time. Have fun!
First Grade Common Core Math and Language Arts Standards Covered:
1.G.1 Distinguish between defining attributes versus non-defining attributes; build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
1.G.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. (Note: students do not need to learn formal names such as “right rectangular prism.”)
W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.