A quadrilateral had up until that point always been just a regular square. And then they started talking about how a rectangle is also a quadrilateral? SO confusing! Rectangles were just long squares, right?
Circles were easier. They were just round! Triangles too. These shapes made sense!
Quite a bit of practice later, and it was all just the most natural thing in the world. Squares were quadrilateral, and so were rectangles. Doh! Of course they were.
From that point on, short and long car trips alike were spent shouting out every single sign by the road. I had this knowledge that I just had to share! Mom and dad probably didn’t know them all, and I knew my baby brother didn’t know anything for sure! They needed to be educated, and I was up for the task!
It’s funny to think back and remember how things could be so incredibly confusing and illogical, and with some practice.. it just made sense. Knowledge was absorbed and established. I could tell you tons of stories like these, epspecially tied to learning how to tell time and the scale of a map – but I’ll save that for another time. (Let me just say that there were temper tantrums and a lot of tears…)
Practice is important! No one knows anything before
they learn, and to learn you need a lot of practice!
The purpose of the «Let’s practice» series is that you as a teacher can quickly and easily provide an alternative or a supplement to the topic you are currently teaching. Some students finish early and need extra tasks, others struggle with understanding the concept and need extra practice. In addition, the series is created to be used in centers. This way you are able to differentiate and provide extra challenges for the students who need it, while being able to help multiple students.
What I find are the three most important practice areas for basic geometry skills:
- The geometric shapes – traits and sorting
- Geometrisc patterns – recognition, continuing, creating own
- Symmetry and symmetry lines – drawing and explaining
I find it really important to work with some specific goals in mind, and the goals for this unit are bringing the students closer to competency aims within geometry. Specifically:
- recognize a triangle, square, rectangle and circle
- know the traits of each shape, be able to sort them
- know what a polygon is
- be able to recognize and discuss symmetry lines
- be able to recognize and describe geometric patterns
In addition to the traditional tasks and activities I always love throwing something a bit different into the mix. Even though the actual task technically is standard, it can be wrapped in soooo many different ways!
One example is the task with Chrissy, who is just so angry! She hates it when others trap bugs in jars – surely they must understand that they’ll die?! This is something I find important in my own life, so I’ve simply added some animal welfare into the mix! The students help Chrissy release the bugs, and continue to sort, color and count them!
In addition, there are others in need of help, too!