Kindergarten: Geometry and Spatial Sense
- Describe, sort, classify, build, and compare two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures, and describe the location and movement of objects through investigation (# 17).
- Apply the mathematical processes to support the development of mathematical thinking, to demonstrate understanding, and to communicate thinking and learning in mathematics, while engaged in play-based learning and in other contexts (# 20).
Primary: Geometry and Spatial Sense
- Compose and decompose two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures.
- Describe relationships between two-dimensional shapes, and between two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures.
- Students are sitting at tables or on a carpet with a hard surface to draw on – they must all have a clear view of teacher or an interactive whiteboard.
- Present an image from the “Can You Draw This Images” (Appendix A) by either holding it up or putting it up on the interactive whiteboard for 5 seconds.
- Hide the image and give the students a few minutes to recreate it on their “Blank Square Templates” (Appendix B).
- Show the image again once the students are done and invite them to make edits or changes to their drawing.
- Ask for volunteers to share the process they used to create their drawing.
- Repeat with subsequent images.
- The last four designs are not in a square so provide blank sheets of paper to the students if you decide to include them in the activity.
- How do the students speak about the shapes? Do they use their proper names (e.g. square, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, rhombus, hexagon)?
- Do the students use spatial language (e.g. above, below, beside, underneath, top, bottom)?
- How do the children remember and describe the design?
- Children can play this with each other in pairs or groups by making their own designs/images.