Math Work Stations Chapter 7: Geometry
Geometry is one of my favorite units because the kids love it so much. The geometry math station ideas in chapter 7 inspired me to stretch my thinking a bit more in this area though and provide some activities that get the kinders thinking more about shapes and their attributes. I love the Guess my Shape activities described and think the kids will enjoy them quite a bit. Generally, my geometry activities included pattern block puzzles, sorting by attributes, and making shapes with blocks, geoboards, or shape stamps. The kids always like to use the geoboards. I have not included math talk cards or activity cards with this in the past though...a goal for next year to be sure.
Putting together puzzles with pattern blocks using a template gets them matching shapes. I use colored templates to begin, then move to black and white ones, I think I would like to add ones that are just an outline so they have to figure out how to fill the space. I usually include a printable where they record how many of each shape was used. The kids also like to use paper pattern blocks to glue together designs. HeidiSongs has a free download of printable pattern blocks HERE.
Graph How Many Shapes You Used
Printable Pattern Block Puzzle links:
Computer Pattern Block Activities:
Tangrams are another fun alternative. I found a Powerpoint version of Grandfather Tang's Story my first year teaching (and did not own the book yet). I liked it because it could then be projected and was entertaining for the kids to watch. I do not recall where it came from any longer, but here is a link to the copy I have...as well as tangram picture mats for the kids to try to make.
Tangram Pictures (white w/lines)
Tangram Pictures (black silhouette)
I always try to give them opportunities to sort real objects (empty containers and the like) by shape as well...and encourage the same activities for homework. I will post more later! In the meantime, Mrs. Patton's Patch is this chapter's host...hop over to join the linky party and glean more fabulous ideas! :o)