Reflection: Complex Tasks We're Not Catching Butterflies!! 3D Shapes and Nets - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


This was a WOW lesson for me.  It wasn’t that I thought it was planned well, or demonstrated exceptional pedagogy.  The WOW was that my students showed an amazing depth of knowledge with this concept.   The students really applied their knowledge of shapes to the independent practice.

This lesson was not a regurgitation of knowledge.  The students had to demonstrate a high level of thinking with problem solving skills.  It took time.  A LOT OF TIME…but I wouldn’t change one thing about this lesson because of the level of thinking the student demonstrated. 

The other neat thing about this lesson was the level of excitement.  The kids absolutely loved constructing the nets.   They saw this shape grow from a piece of paper.  I printed out several types of nets.  I put some out in the classroom and I sent some home.  I got e-mails from parents saying their homes were decorated with 3D shapes and the students were telling everyone what the shapes were.  I love when a lesson generates this kind of excitement and learning!!!

  We're Not Catching Butterflies!!-3D Shapes and Nets
  Complex Tasks: We're Not Catching Butterflies!!-3D Shapes and Nets
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We're Not Catching Butterflies!! 3D Shapes and Nets

Unit 7: Geometry
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to identify and assemble nets for 3D shapes.

Big Idea: An important Common Core standard for kindergarten is comparing and identifying characteristics of shapes. This hands-on lesson will help students develop your students' understanding of 3D shapes and the plane shapes that compose them.

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Math, Geometry, SIOP, ELL, Critical Area, shapes
  55 minutes
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