Shapin' Up with Shapes
Are you looking to help your students beef up their skills with 2D and 3D shapes? This unit will help your students define terms and practice with many games and activities so they can!
This unit is designed to help your students learn about 2D and 3D shapes. Begin by printing out the vocabulary cards and the student mini booklets. The booklets can be copied back to back to conserve paper. Start by talking about 2D shapes and work with the students to fill out the information about 2D shapes in their booklet.
Then, print one “Ways to Play” board for the 2D shape game and project it on the screen for all students to see. If you do not have this capability, print the “Ways to Play” board on the back of each “Don’t Eat the Shape” 2D board.
Divide your students into small groups or pairs. The student who will go first, begins playing by rolling a die. This will tell them how they are going to play “Don’t Eat the Shape.” For example, if the student rolls a five, this student will play by saying a real life example of each shape on the board. To play “Don’t Eat the Shape,” the students will need some kind of small treat. I like to use SMARTIES because they are easy to pass out and clean up. The other students in the group will place a candy on each spot on the board. The student whose turn it is, will go to a place in the room where they cannot hear what the other students are saying. The group/partner will pick a spot on the board that is “it.” When they are ready, call the student back. This student will begin taking the candies off each shape saying real life examples of each shape, or whichever way they have rolled to play. When the student takes the candy that is “it,” the other students say, “Don’t eat the shape!” This student only keeps the candy he/she picked up before the chosen spot was found. Players continue playing with the same board, rolling the die each time to determine which way they will play, until every player has had a turn. Then the group may switch boards with another group and play again. (Filling out the booklet and playing this game for only the 2D shapes, usually takes all of the first day.)
The next day, fill out the part of the booklet for 3D shapes. Make sure your students are filling their booklets out correctly, because they will use this at a later time in the week to help with a game. Then, just as you did with the ways to play for the 2D games, you will project the “Ways to Play” board for the 3D games. The students play the same way as before, except the ways to play for the 3D shapes is different. (This usually takes all of the second day.)
On the third day, I complete the booklet by talking with my student about composite shapes. I show them many examples using pattern blocks. I make sure they know that a side of each shape must be touching. This seems to be a tricky concept for my first graders. Then, ahead of time, I print off the compose a shape cards for a scoot or hunt. I like to use the cards as a hunt, because it keeps the students moving around the room. I tape the cards all over the room. I also print the student recording sheets out. You will need one per student. The students will walk around the room, read the card, and create a composite shape using 2D or 3D shapes. Then, the students will draw a sketch of what was created, and write the names of the shapes used to create their composite shape. Some of the cards are different and ask the students to answer questions about their creations, so just remind the students to read carefully. For this activity, you will need actual 2D and 3D shapes. I had to borrow from other teachers, so I had enough. I put all the shapes I had out in a central location, so the students could get what they needed as they created. (This activity took us about two days. On the second day, we reviewed and also played “Don’t Eat the Shape” again because we had extra time.)
On the fifth day, I have my students take out their 2D/3D shape booklet that we created earlier in the week. We review the terms, and I ask them questions-the answers are all found in the book. When I feel the students are ready to play the game and have mastered 2D/3D shapes I divide them into groups to play the “Shapin’ up with Shapes” game.
Ahead of time, print and laminate the “Shapin” Up with Shapes” game boards. There are two pages for each board. Do not copy these back to back. The students will place the boards next to each other to play. There are two different boards. Copy enough boards so your students can play in groups of 5 or 6 (Depending on the number of students you have.) The directions are written on the board. Students should play through the game, then trade boards with another group who has a different board than their own, and play again. You can have the students switch and play as many times as needed. (As you walk around while the students are playing the game, you can assess how well they are mastering the concepts by listening to their answers.) I had to stop the groups a few times and do some re-teaching.
Included in this product:
-10 Vocabulary Cards including: attribute, non-defining attribute, defining attribute, closed, open, corner/vertex, edge, face, point, and composite shape
-27 Page Student Mini Booklet to define terms associates with 2D & 3D shapes
-30 Don't Eat the Shape Pages-6 Ways to Play Sheet
-30 Cards for a Scoot/Hunt practicing making composite shapes with a student recording sheet
-2, two page Shapin' Up with Shapes game boards to review all the concepts that were taught during the week
Fun with Fractions Activities to show & identify one whole, 1/2's, & 1/4's
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