Reflection: Student Led Inquiry 2-D & 3-D Shapes Centers - Section 1: Problem of the Day


I created today's Problem of the Day thinking that the answer would be a larger square.  When we finished, a student asked, "Can we make another shape?"  My answer, "I don't know.  Can we?"  The student came up and moved the squares to make a 4 by 2 rectangle.  Then he asked, "Can I do that?"  My answer, "I don't know.  Can you?  What do your classmates think?"  He asked his classmates and some said, "Yes because he made a square" and some said "No because there was one left" or "No because they are little squares and we needed to make a big square."  I read the directions again and asked, "Does it say we need to use all of the shapes?  Does it say we need to make a square?"  We had a very interesting conversation.  I tried to let the students that asked lead the discussion as much as possible.  By the end, the class seemed to agree that either answer a 3 by 3 square or a 2 by 4 rectangle could be the correct answer.

  Can We Make Another Shape?
  Student Led Inquiry: Can We Make Another Shape?
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2-D & 3-D Shapes Centers

Unit 4: Positions and Shapes
Lesson 16 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to independently practice identifying and matching 2D and 3D shapes and well as review the numbers 0 to 10.

Big Idea: In order to pull small groups during math instruction, the rest of the students need engaging activities that they can complete independently. These centers allow students to practice identifying and matching shapes and review the numbers 0 to 10.

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Math, Geometry, Critical Area, Describing Shapes
  50 minutes
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