Sunday, July 3, 2011

Math Work Stations Blog Party Chapter 7 Geometry


One of my students favorite morning work activities is to play with my pattern blocks.  Once we have gotten the first-of-the-year exploration out of the way, I ask them to make pictures out of their pattern blocks.

These are from Kelly's Kindergarten. Thanks Angela from Just Love Teaching for finding the source for me!
Click on the image to grab a copy of these patterns.
Angela also found some great patterns at PreKinders.  Angela is SoOoO smart!

In the past I have just printed out the shape puzzles to a full page.  This year I will try to kick it up a notch, by having the puzzle images smaller than the actual shapes.

I will also add a response page.  After the students have built their picture, they will sort and count the shapes.

Click on the image to grab a copy.
Because the shape puzzles are smaller than the actual shapes they will be using to build the pictures, the students will need to think a bit harder (versus just placing the matching shape on top of the source document).  Debbie Diller called this being able to visualize objects and their spatial relationships (sounds fancy).

I'll be back later this week with more on Geometry Math Stations!!!




14 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing!! I am always looking for awesome ideas for my math station. My kiddos will love this, and the response page is great!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I can definitely use these in my classroom :)

    Teachers Cannot Live By Apples Alone

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  3. Thank you! This is a great idea - I especially love the response sheet that goes with it. :)
    First Class With Mrs. Mac

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  4. Thanks for sharing these patterns! I have some, but they aren't colored, and I really like the idea of maybe introducing the designs big, but then moving to the smaller versions so they have use their heads a little more. And the response sheet is perfect - more math thinking.
    Thanks again:)

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  5. These are perfect for the pattern block station! Thanks for sharing!
    Swamp Frog First Graders

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  6. I love the idea of using the small picture cards and having the students try to recreate the shapes or patterns! Thanks for sharing.

    Nicole
    http://firstgradeowls.blogspot.com

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  7. I have the same patterns...and was able to find the source for you! They are from Kelly's Kindergarten: http://www.kellyskindergarten.com/math/math_activities.htm. I also found a few more at http://prekinders.com/pattern-blocks/
    Thanks for the response sheet...love it!
    Angela
    Just Love Teaching!

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  8. Another simple way to differentiate. Love the recording sheet, too!
    Thanks :)
    Karen
    froggyfriendsfun.blogspot.com

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  9. Love the recording sheet. I was doing something similar, but with a graph and having to introduce it later in the year due to difficulty. This will be a tool I can use from the start. Thanks so much! :) Your blog inspires!
    Erin
    http://eberhartsexplorers.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thank you for the response sheet and the templates for building pattern pictures. Unfortunately I do not have the pattern blocks yet! So I may just use the colored one to cut apart and put back together on the b&w one.... Anyway, I love having an accountability piece (your response sheet will do quite nicely)!
    Amber Voss

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  11. I love how prekinders.com has the colored and black and white versions. I think I would make sure they can do both of these before shrinking them. I added velcro to both my shapes and laminated pages. It helped students to be able to stop mid-way through a picture and then restart later in the day OR take their work to show off to another teacher, a big thing in my self-contained class.

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  12. This is just what I need for my math stations! Thanks for posting.

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  13. Don't know why I am just now finding this -- but just in time for the Shapes unit in Investigations!! Thanks!

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