Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Differences With Shapes - Section 2: Mini-Lesson


There were multiple students in my class who need extra support or additional challenges with this lesson. Some students quickly manage the differences in these shapes using the tools, while other students cannot make a connection to the differences between the squares and rhombus.  

The students who can explain the differences are provided with pictures of quilts to find the rhombi, squares, and parallelograms.  Other students are given one shape to find in the quilt pattern.  These diverse entry points and differentiation allows each of the students a level of success to continue with comparing shapes.   Some of the students focus on sorting the shapes by the lengths of the sides or looking for how to divide a shape into similar triangles.  Other students engage in combining shapes to find the patterns.  

Even though my students are at many different points when interacting with the complexity of these shapes, each of them is able to discover meaning appropriate to their level of development.  This lesson also allows all students to work on the project at the same time and share information with other students during their discussions.  I do not observe a point where students notice these differences in their learning because determining the differences in these shapes is a new experience for all of them.

  Diverse Entry Points: Student Needs
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Differences With Shapes

Unit 7: Geometry
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT measure shapes to determine the difference between a square, rhombus, and parallelogram.

Big Idea: Differences between shapes are determined through measurement skills.

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