Tuesday, October 29, 2013

That's the Shape of Things Common Core Aligned Activity

Hi everyone!
This year, we are working with a new math program, Investigations in Mathematics.  Are any of you using this program?  At this point, we are half-way through our Geometry investigation and the students are really enjoying it.  This is the Standard we have been focusing on so far:

Last week, I had to do an observation lesson and did it for math.  The kids were really great! They worked so diligently and I was truly proud of them!  I wanted to share some of the supplements that can be used with this unit.  First up are some super cute Plane Shape Posters to hang in the classroom.  The kids really loved seeing these happy shapes and refer to them often.  Take a peek...

These little cuties are going to be in my store by the end of the week, but you can grab them now by clicking {here}. Just leave me some love to let me know if you like them :)

You may also want to pop by to say hello to the awesome creator of these lil' cuties!

Up next is the little Architect Booklet I created to go along with the lesson.  There are two versions.  One has the kids building on one hexagon, one has them building on two hexagons.  Since I was focusing on using assessment to inform instruction for this lesson, you will find a rubric inside of the booklet.  This is a rubric that is based on the information found in the book, Students Taking Charge by Nancy Sulla.

Here's a peek at what was included in the booklet.  Not sure what the kids enjoyed more...being an "architect" for the day or using a rubric to "grade" themselves.

Since my observation is over {HOORAY!!!!!} I am celebrating by sharing that little booklet with you.  Click {here}.

I also pulled a freebie out of my files for you.  It's a simple and quick version of "Ways to Fill a Hexagon."  Click to Grab it or head over to Facebook...it's there too :)

Hope your day SHAPES UP to be a great one! {I know, that was pretty cheesy.....xo}


  1. You always have creative and rigorous activities to challenge our kiddos. THANK YOU!

  2. These are great Tracey!. I have downloaded the ebook, but haven't had a chance to check it out yet. I was busy figuring out WBT. I must get going on reading it. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    Diamond Mom's Treasury

  3. I am sure your observation was wonderful! The lesson looks fantastic. Thanks for the great freebies. I used Investigations when I was student teaching and really liked it.

    Eclectic Educating

  4. Isn't it great to be done with observations? Love the activities; thank you for sharing!

  5. Wow, Tracey! Thank you so much! I will put these to use with my kids for sure!

  6. Thank you so much! I am in the middle of teaching geometry.

  7. I like that you put the number of sides and vertices on the posters! These will be so helpful when reviewing the shapes!

    Super Sparkly in Second

  8. These are fantastic! I love that the posters give side and vertices information. I also love how friendly and appealing they are to look at. Thank you!

  9. Thank you so much. We use Investigations also, but are moving away from it and creating many of our own activities. We are moving into First Steps instead. We have 2-D and 3-D in our next module and I am thankful to you for the Freebies.
    Just a quick reflection for you (that you didn't do with your posters and worksheets). Some students became stuck with the patterns blocks only being one color. In the Investigations program, the hexagon is always yellow and the trapezoid is always red..... We have to create and use our school elision paper cutter to cut out different colors of the shapes and use those as well as the pattern blocks.

    Thanks again for your wonderful post.

  10. So cute! Could you possibly make a heart? Thanks for your hard work!!

  11. I will be sticking to you like glue! We are using Investigations for the cirst time this year and pretty much hate it. I will so appre iate anything you post about it!

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