Anyway, it IS December, and around my school, that means teaching shapes.
I admit it - I dread teaching shapes. Wait, I dread THREE to FOUR weeks of teaching shapes. With so much background knowledge, the kids usually bore easily with our unit on shapes, but we are required to teach them for three weeks. BUT, this year, with the new Common Core, the depth of knowledge is much deeper, so it made planning for this unit much more fun.
So far, we have only focused on flat or 2D shapes, but this was such a fun activity, I wanted to share. I also used it for my "formal" observation, so fingers crossed that went well :)
Anyway, we started with the book Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban.
Then, we talked about composite shapes (new math vocab!) & how we could make pictures from existing shapes.
I passed out baggies of die-cut pattern blocks (thanks to Room Mom for cutting out HUNDREDS of shapes!) & told the kiddies they had to create a picture using at least 12 shapes and ONLY shapes (no drawing!). In no time, the kids went to work!
It was AWESOME to see their creativity & what they came up with !
This is a bee hive with a flower!
A Christmas tree with snowflakes.
A rocket & stars
Another one of the rules was that the children had to create a picture they could really explain - i.e. they couldn't just glue down their shapes & then give me a blank stare when I asked what it was. They had to write 3 sentences about their creation & count the shapes.
Later, they tallied & graphed their shapes.
Anyway, here are the final products!
We're still working on sentence structure ( do kids EVER learn to capitalize & punctuate consistently??!!!?!) but the whole thing went well. I'll tell you - it's time consuming, but every single one of my firsties could tell me what a composite shape was when this was over. And, you'll just have to trust me, that's a BIG deal ! :)
Anyway, if you want the documents, I have put them in my TpT store for FREE. Just click <HERE>!
They're nothing fancy, but you are more than welcome to them :)
Okay, lastly... a great Christmas idea!
So, you might have heard of this & I've been living under a rock, but this week, I have received the CUTEST & sweetest Christmas surprise from one of my sweeties.
On Monday (December 3rd), this little girl came in and said " I have presents for you!". I asked her "for what?" to which she just replied "Cause it's December!"
She then handed me the first gift - a little clipboard with the note (I'm improvising here...) "On the 1st day of Christmas, I give you something to use . . . this clipboard so your papers you won't lose".
Then, she handed me the second one - TWO red sharpies with the note "On the 2nd day of Christmas, I know the kids are busy bees. But, you can grade their papers with these two red sharpies!"
The third one - THREE binder clips with the note "On the 3rd day of Christmas, I give you three binder clips. I'm sure it'd be tempting to use them on some of our lips!"
And today, FOUR highlighters ... "On the 4th day of Christmas, highlighters come in packs of four... as my first grade teacher, you have really helped me soar!"
Isn't that the BEST thing ever?!? I just think it's about the most clever and creative teacher gift to come along, and I can't wait to see what the rest of my days bring :) I mean, what teacher doesn't love school supplies, some creativity and a personal touch? I just had to share!
Anyway, as always, thanks for stopping by!!! I love your comments, so if you use this in your room, let me know how it goes! :)