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.
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.
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.
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!