1-2-3 Come Learn About 3D Shapes With Me
One of my Y5's favorite units was on butterflies.
We'd study them for the entire month of April, as we watched real larvae morph into fat caterpillars, spin their chrysallis and finally hatch as lovely Painted Lady Butterflies.
I worked hard at dreaming up butterfly lessons for all of the subjects, incorporating many of my standards.
Designing the 3D Shapes Butterfly book was especially enjoyable.
Because I like to incorporate several standards in every activity, this easy reader reinforces spatial directions, and is an interesting way to review/teach the 3D shapes.
Students trace the words and shapes, as well as cut out butterflies and place them in the appropriate spatial direction - positions on the pages.
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1-2-3 Come Study 2D and 3D Shapes With Me!
Reading Across America Starts the 24th and runs through March 2nd this year, and of course March is Reading Month will be in full swing as well. Are you hopping on board?
I always planned a huge Seuss Theme for that week. My Y5's really enjoyed all the goofy things we did.
It was difficult to find Seuss lessons that met my Standards, so I simply dreamed them up, using easily recognizable Seuss characters for the clip art.
A classroom favorite was of course Cat in the Hat. I even dressed up as the cat to launch that special day.
Since one of the more iconic pictures of the cat is him juggling, I thought it would be fun to create 2 shape books where the cat juggles 2D shapes in one, and then 3D shapes in the other.
I've included the hexagon, pentagon and octagon, in the 2D booklet, as I've had so many requests to add these shapes.
The Cat Juggles 2D Shapes also nails several more standards than just the recognition of shapes. Students circle the capital letters and add end punctuation. Remind them of spacing, and that they are reading from left to right and top down, and you've covered 2 more Standards.
Children also trace and write the shape word, as well as trace and write the shape. Click on the link to view/download The Cat Juggles 2D Shapes.
The Cat Juggles 3D shapes, relies on a similar format, so students feel empowered, as once they've done the 2D booklet, the 3D booklet needs little explanation before they can get down to business. This empowerment will build their self-esteem as they know what they are doing and can set to work.
I take this booklet a step farther, in that students cut and glue the 3D shaped object, to the matching numbered box in their booklet. I also challenge students to think up another 3D shape and write it down.
The last page in the book, as with the first booklet, has students drawing the objects that the cat is juggling. Click on the link to view/download The Cat Juggles 3D Shapes.
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