Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three-Dimensional Shapes

Over the last few weeks, my kindergarteners have been learning about Three-Dimensional shapeHere are some of our favorite stations.

Making a Town Using Three-Dimensional Shapes
My students LOVED working with a friend and creating a part of the town. At large group time, we brainstormed what we needed to have in our town.

Students made little signs and will soon be making maps of the town. We will also learn about creating and giving directions. I hope to have my students create an anchor chart of meaningful words we can use. We will continue to add to this!

Guess My Secret Rule (Silent Math)
During this lesson, the teacher begins to sort shapes into a pile. 
It is called Silent Math Time because no one can talk, including the teacher! 

Students will be called on silently.  If a shape belongs it stays in the pile, but if the shape does not belong, the teacher will move it out.  When the game is over, the teacher will talk. 

"Okay class, who can tell me what the secret rule is?"

Shape Shadows
What kind of shadow will a cylinder make?
It was a little tricky to use a flashlight to see the shadows of the figures. But 
a colleague suggested we put it in the natural sunlight. The kids were amazed!!

Guess My Shape
One child is IT and takes an object out of the first bag and puts it in the second bag.
We started the game with a cylinder, cone, sphere and the cube.

The person who is IT gives two clues about the shape.

I have a circle face.
I have a point.
What shape am I?

The children playing the game,
circle (on the recording sheet below) what shape they think it is.
The sheet allows them to play four rounds.

 We first started playing this game with four shapes and added two more.
After playing this game many times, the person who is IT can record their clues.

Which Is Taller?
Students compared different 3-D objects in the classroom focusing on <, > symbols.
Anchor Chart
During interactive writing time, we recorded our observations about the 
 three dimension shapes. 
We made illustrations of real world objects.
Vocabulary Chart
I saw this chart in Debbie Diller's Math Work Station book and I love it!
This chart is  a very helpful tool for my students.

Shape Hunt
We went on a shape hunt looking for three-dimensional shapes in our environment. We took photos with our class I PADs and made a slideshow with Haiku Deck.

3 Dimensional Shapes - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Sources: Think Math
              Debbie Diller Math Work Stations


  1. I love your activities. I can easily integrate many into my geometry unit. Thank you for the ideas!

  2. Tammy,
    I am so glad you can use some of these stations...the kids LOVED the shadows. Melissa

  3. Hello! None of these links for downloads work anymore. Is there any way you can e-mail them to me? Thank you!

  4. Hi Annalise,
    For some reason unknown Drop Box is not downloading the sheets. Let me look on my computer for the templates tonight and I will send them to you. Melissa

  5. Thank you so much. My e-mail is annalise.agnello@gemsdaa.net :)

  6. These are great! Having trouble downloading... Would you mind sending to me?? amys0760@yahoo.com

  7. I too can not get any of these to show. Can you send to tacielawrence@yahoo.com please?

  8. hi i would love copy too, my email address is isovain@yahoo.com


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