Reflection: Classroom Setup Well That's Different! - Section 2: Finding New Ways to Make a Rhombus, Trapezoid, and a Hexagon.


I have included a quick video clip of the students working on finding different ways to create a hexagon.  I want you to focus on the how I set the students up.  I have the pile of pattern blocks in the middle of the circle (of my class).  This way the students have easy access to the tools and also have the ability to observe other students thinking (as they work).  This allows students who are struggling with the idea to quickly see other approaches and then proceed on their own.  It is important that students don't see it as copying but rather learning from each other.

As you can see, I have the poster at the top of the circle.  This way everyone can see it as we illustrate the variety of ways the shapes were replicated.  

  Classroom Setup: Reflection On Finding New Ways to Make A Rhombus
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Well That's Different!

Unit 9: Shapes Within Shapes
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT find different combinations of shapes that fill the same area. SWBAT identify how shapes can be combined to make other shapes.

Big Idea: Finding different combinations to cover a given pattern block is the idea of the day. Students will create pattern block shapes using other pattern blocks.

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Math, Geometry, One-Dimensional Geometry, 1st Grade, pattern blocks, decomposing shapes
  70 minutes
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