Reflection: Standards Alignment Great Buildings of the World: Create Your Own! (Day 1) - Section 2: Direct Instruction


In hands-on lessons like this it is possible to get so excited and involved in the activity that one loses sight of the underlying standards.  It's important to state the objective in all lessons but in a lesson series like this it's especially important that students are directly reminded of the math focus of their activity.A 

Shape definitions are deceptively easy.  That is why so many people still think of squares and rectangles as mutually exclusive when, of course, we know that a square is just a special type of rectangle with 4 equal sides.  It's a category within a category.

This layering of categories is complicated and it is worth continual conversation.  Let's look at the definition of a parallelogram, for example.  A parallelogram has 2 sets of parallel sides, with the opposite sides being of equal lengths (and the opposite angles are equal in size).  A parallelogram can be divided into a (right) triangle and a trapezoid.  A rhombus is a parallelogram with four equal sides.  While we usually think of a rhombus as  "diamond" shape, (2 acute and 2 obtuse triangles), the definition of a rhombus actually doesn't specify this.  A "kite" has 2 sets of parallel sides w/2 acute and 2 obtuse angles.  All kites are rhombuses.  All rhombuses are not kites.  All squares are rhombuses.  All rhombuses are not squares.

Prior to teaching shapes, I make sure I have a reference list handy!

  Shared Attributes and Category Definitions
  Standards Alignment: Shared Attributes and Category Definitions
Loading resource...

Great Buildings of the World: Create Your Own! (Day 1)

Unit 11: Geometry in Architecture
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT create buildings using different combinations of 3D solids, applying their understanding of faces comprised of simple polygons.

Big Idea: Creating their own building is a hands-on, minds-on way for students to explore how polygons create 3D solids.

  Print Lesson
Math, Geometry, engineering
  65 minutes
40sia siena  piazza del campo palazzo pubblico
Similar Lessons
Finding Rectangles
1st Grade Math » Shapes, Blocks, and Attributes
Big Idea: Students will look for as many rectangles as they can from a given set of shapes. The students will find as many solutions as they can.
Waitsfield, VT
Environment: Suburban
Thomas Young
Building a Dog Kennel Day 1
3rd Grade Math » Using Multiplication to Find Area
Big Idea: Students will be able to use strategies to solve real-world problems involving area and perimeter.
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
Michelle Marcus
Area Of Names
3rd Grade Math » Measurement
Big Idea: Creating names with block letters students calculate area of irregular shapes. This activity also make a real world application to the popular video game Minecraft.
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Urban
Diane Siekmann
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload