Lower Elementary
Math

Digging 2D and 3D Shapes

Geometry can be one of the most fun units to teach your kiddos in math, but it is also critical that you are “digging deeper” to find activities and lessons that encourage your students to use higher level thinking skills and analyze attributes when it comes to shapes. Check out the resources below and "dig deeper” to find ways to enrich your students’ learning in this fun area of math!
A Collection By Emilie Campbell
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Digging 2D and 3D Shapes
  • gse.buffalo.edu
    gse.buffalo.edu

    Young Children's Ideas About Geometric Shapes

    9 minute read
    Emilie Campbell says:
    This article is a great resource which provides background information and research about how children learn shapes and ways teachers can provide the best support to them when introducing these concepts.
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    The Geometric World of Young Children

    6 minute read
    Emilie Campbell says:
    Be sure to read this informative article which provides research and ideas on how children learn geometry in the world around them.  I especially love the examples they provide for you that you can instantly incorporate into your classroom lesson plans.
  • Patch Tool

    Webtool
    illuminations.nctm.org
    illuminations.nctm.org
    Emilie Campbell says:
    One important skill students need to master is to be able to compose two-dimensional shapes by joining more than one figure to create a new shape. This AWESOME online tool will keep your students engaged by giving them the opportunity to create new shapes with standard pattern blocks. They can move, flip, and even connect shapes together to create their own masterpieces, or they can select a pre-drawn tangram to complete.
  • Emilie Campbell says:
    Engage your students in this subject by reading Mouse Shapes. In this book, the mice create new objects from various shapes and even point out the differences among various shapes.
  • inspirationlaboratories.com
    inspirationlaboratories.com

    Shape Collages Inspired by Mouse Shapes

    5 minute read
    Emilie Campbell says:
    Extend your students learning with this fun activity where they have the opportunity to create their own shapes.
  • Emilie Campbell says:
    Students will love this IMAGINATIVE book that will get them thinking differently about shapes and how shapes are all around us!
  • Not a Box ideas

    Activity
    the-best-childrens-books.org
    the-best-childrens-books.org
    Emilie Campbell says:
    Use this activity to encourage students to utilize their imaginations to create new objects with standard 2D shapes. After students have completed their work, have them share their ideas with the class. The possibilities are endless!