Curriculum – Geometry and Spatial Sense
- Sorting and classifying 3-dimensional shapes by attributes
- Classifying 3-dimensional shapes by geometric properties
- Describing location using positional language
- Relating shapes to other shapes, to designs, and to figures
- Composing and decomposing shapes
- Recognizing transformations
Children are briefly presented with a 3-D structure made of multilink cubes and they must then re-create the structure from memory.
- Pre-assembled figures made of multilink cubes (see photos of cube figures below)
- Bags of cubes (two colours) for each pair of students
- Gather children in a semicircle with full view of teacher and provide them with multilink cubes.
- Briefly present students with a pre-assembled cube figure and show it for approximately 5 seconds.
- Invite students to first discuss what they saw and then to re-create the figure from memory.
- Repeat, presenting the figure for approximately 5 seconds each time until students have created what they think is the presented figure.
- Reveal the original figure and have students compare their figure to it, discussing strategies they used to remember the figure and build it.
- Repeat the exercise but with increasingly more complex structures.
- Tell students they will be making a bird nest.
- Ask students to collect items they want to use into the plastic container.
- Ask students to shape it into a nest.
- Place the container in our outdoor environment where a nest would usually be found.
- Discuss what it was like making a nest – finding the pieces, constructing the nest, etc.
- Discuss whether it would be easier for birds to make nests and why
- Monitor the nests over the week and make observations: if any nests have been occupied, if any materials are missing etc.