Introduction to Kindergarten Geometry-Playing with Shapes

-Common Core Math K.G.A.3.B.5,6

This Playing with Shapes lesson came about because I was looking for a fun way to cover a few of the kindergarten geometry standards for the Common Core.  When I used to be a high school biology teacher, I had to cover the concept of surface area to volume ratios to explain how cells take in materials to survive.  I had my students make 3 different sized cubes to explore this concept.  Remembering how much fun my students had doing this, I decided to teach Jack how to make a 3-dimensional cube so that he could understand how it was different from one and two-dimensional objects.  As you can see in the pics, he had a great time making his cube and the other day, I went into our activity room and I found that Lila was using it as storage for her chalk!  So everybody wins with this lesson!

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The full lesson for this, which includes worksheets, assessments, and a comprehensive lesson plan, can be found in our Teachers Pay Teachers Store.   This is also a great lesson to complete in conjunction with Building Bridges and Road Signs.

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Materials List

construction paper
poster board (optional)
gum drops
Playing with Shapes 24-page lesson

Step 1: Download and complete the worksheets from the full lesson Kindergarten Geometry Playing with Shapes, or make your own larger worksheet on poster board

Here is a sample worksheet page from our lesson:

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Here is the larger worksheet we made on poster board:

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Here is a video of me explaining how we will complete the worksheet:

It turns out Jack didn’t care about writing on the nice poster board, here are his answers:

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Step 2: Gather your materials for making the cube and either use the template in the Kindergarten Geometry Playing with Shapes or make your own template using the picture below

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Here are some pics of Jack cutting out the template for the cube, which has 6 boxes, all 2 inches each side.

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Here is a video of us making our cube:

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Here it is!!!


Step 3: Complete the assessment from the Kindergarten Geometry Playing with Shapes lesson, this will require toothpicks and gum drops

Here is a sample page from the assessment:

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