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Monday, January 28, 2013

2D Shapes!

Lots of Kindergarten classes probably study shapes near the beginning of the year, but we wait until January.  There are several reasons why... we like all of the kids to have strong counting abilities, we problem-solve with the shapes, and we dig deep into the world of 3D shapes.

To kick-off the unit, we analyze 2D shapes, describe their attributes, compare and contrast them, and practice drawing them.  As a whole-group, we create anchor charts to list attributes as we examine the different shapes.

At math small-groups, I help the students examine the shapes further, and they summarize about each of them on recording pages.  This is a great informal way to assess if they have a foundational understanding of 2D shapes and related concepts.
"no corners"

"triangle has 3 sides"

"no points"

I just love this snowman made of circles - look at the mouth! :-O

Adorable square robot!

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