Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Happening Hexagons! - Section 2: Guided Practice


So many of the shape lessons have had a “create the shape” element.  The bottom line is:  6 sides are hard to assemble.  Especially when you’re a beginning kindergartner.  Particularly when words like “ends” are kind of nuances, and more than a handful of students would happily be gluing strips of paper or craft sticks in the middle of the sides rather than the ends.  I like to think BIG when it comes to my kindergartners, but at this time in the year, we would have all kinds of funky objects that looked nothing like hexagons. 

One of my favorite sayings is “Perfect practice makes perfect,” and knowing from the get-go that our hexagons couldn’t possibly be anywhere close to perfect, I decided to bypass that portion of our activity.  I’m still not fully comfortable with that choice.  I would like to add more to this lesson… it’s just critical that the students are fully supported in their efforts, especially so early in the year.

  Why not build a hexagon?
  Grappling with Complexity: Why not build a hexagon?
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Happening Hexagons!

Unit 4: Oh, Those Shapes!
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT identify, provide an example, and create a hexagon.

Big Idea: Hexagons are tricky! So close to stop-sign octagons, yet far less common. Plenty of practice is provided here.

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