Monday, March 28, 2016

Geometry Interactive Notebook Grades 3-4, Common Core Aligned & Tangram Freebie!


If you and your students love hands-on projects, my newest interactive notebook is just for you!

It is jam packed with activities that will not only review basic geometric shapes and their attributes, but also focus on quadrilaterals (CCSS Grade 3), and dive into Common Core standards for grade 4 as well.  Lines, angles, triangles, perimeter and area; it's all included in this super fun INB!  I wanted to include activities for both grades 3 and 4 because I have taught all of these concepts in grade 3; however the Common Core breaks these topics into the two grades.

Let's take a look!

Grades 3-4 Common Core Aligned Geometry Interactive Notebook by Sugar Cube Learning Resources

There are two warm-up review activities that focus on attributes of 2-D and 3-D shapes, as well as building polygons with tangrams. 
Review faces, edges, and vertices with this sorting activity!

Explore how different polygons work together with the Tangram building exercise.

Students will learn all about quadrilaterals with these fun entries!

Students will also explore types of lines, angles, and triangles with several hands-on activities such as creating a map, finding angles in time and 2-D shapes, and classifying triangles.  Check out this helpful tool for identifying angles.

Color-coded maps reinforce different types of lines in this mapping activity.

The Angle Wrangler will help your students lasso up those angles in no time!

You can check out the entire 40 page unit in my TpT store here.

And to say thank you for stopping by, make sure to download the Tangram building activity by clicking on the image below. 

Free Tangram building activity!

Thanks again!  Have a great day!

Monday, March 21, 2016

My Favorite Geometry Read Alouds for Grades 3-4


Thanks for dropping in.  Today I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite read-alouds to use during my geometry unit. I always love teaching this unit because it is so hands-on and creative. I so enjoy watching students explore and identify different angles, lines, polygons and triangles around the school that they've never realized existed. One of my favorite activities is using Tangrams to create larger shapes out of several smaller shapes.  I love it when students realize they can make a hexagon out of six small triangles. Whoa! Mind blown. :)

So, I thought I'd share some of the literature resources I use when teaching about shapes and all that other fun stuff that goes with it.

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1) Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert is ultimately a story of friendship.  However, when two friends try to outdo one another in several competitions, it puts them in great danger.  This is a great read-aloud to show students how tangrams can be used to create several animals and scenes throughout the book.  There are several activities in the back, as well as a handful of YouTube versions if you are unable to locate the book.  Tangrams for your students are a must, so they can follow along and try to recreate the shapes created in the story.  Check out this YouTube version.

2) If You Were a Quadrilateral by Molly Blaisdell will help reinforce those grade 3 Common Core State Standards that are so focused on quadrilaterals. So many real-life examples are provided that your students will definitely understand what a quadrilateral is after reading this story.

3) Mummy Math:  An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander, is a fun read that follows two boys trapped in an Egyptian pharaoh's pyramid.  They must use the geometric hieroglyphics as clues to help them escape!  This a good read to reinforce vertices, faces, and edges of 3-D shapes.

4) Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy is a simple picture book that takes several different approaches to looking at what makes something symmetrical. Line symmetry and rotational symmetry are discussed.

5) Shape Up! by David Adler will make your students grow hungry!  The author uses different foods and simple tools to create and discuss the characteristics of different polygons.  This makes a great hands-on lesson!

6) Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland by Cindy Neuschwander is a story of a knight trying to rescue his king.  In doing so, he must use his knowledge of parallel lines, angles, and other geometric skills to help him triumph.

7) Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter by Cindy Neuschwander will help you teach your students about perimeter and area of rectangles and circles. For third grade students, you can skip the part of finding the area of a circle. In this adventure, a group of children must tame a wild sea serpent with their knowledge of geometric formulas.

8) Triangles by David Adler is a simple read that introduces kids to angles, triangles, and congruent shapes.  Students will love the quirky robot too.

9) What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? by Julie Ellis discusses how one boy explores different triangles and discovers the Pythagorean theorem.  The story can be wordy is places, but students will understand the different types of angles and triangles; especially right triangles.  Here is a YouTube version.

10) Zachary Zormer Shape Transformer by Joanne Reisberg is a fun story of how a boy named Zach must get creative with a piece of paper when he forgets his homework one day.  He will teach your students about perimeter and area, among other geometric concepts with the bright inventions he comes up with week after week.

I hope you have found some new reads to enhance your geometry unit.  What other books do you use to reinforce these concepts? 
I'd love to hear about them!