activity is perfect for whole or small group.
You can use a paper bag or something fancier if you prefer. Adhere the “Guess the Shape” label onto the
the bag (optional) and print out the “guess the shape” activity prompt
sheet. Place a tactile “mystery” shape
in the bag. This will be your
discretion. Use pattern blocks or geosolids
for this activity. In a whole/small
group setting, prompt a student to reach into the bag without looking and then
read the prompts aloud to encourage students to describe the shape without
telling what the shape actually is. The
rest of the students in the group will listen to the descriptors and determine
which shape is hiding in the bag. This
is a great activity to discuss attributes as well as giving kids the
opportunity to use geometric language and would be perfect to introduce shapes
or review them. (ADDITIONAL IDEA: Keep a
set of shape picture cards on hand and prompt kids to determine which shapes
DON’T fit the descriptions and remove until only one is remaining. )
this hands-on 3D shape activity, you will need a spinner overlay (or pencil
& paper clip to create
will roll 1 or 2 dice to determine the number of times they will spin the
spinner. Students will spin and collect
the shapes on which they land until they are out of spins. Then students will determine how to stack the
collected without it falling over.
will spin the spinner, collect the geosolid
on which they land, and create a stack.
Students will continue to spin, collect, and stack until their “tower”
falls over. The player whose tower is
the last one standing, wins the game.
(With this option, students will quickly determine that cones, and
pyramids/rectangular prisms can only be stacked on its base and spheres can’t
stack at all 🙂 )