Reflection: Exploring Cylinders and Cones - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


The math series that I previously taught had little or not real-world connections when teaching 3D shapes.  There were maybe a few examples, but certainly nothing substantial.  I really want my students to make connections between our math learning and their world, that's why I include lots of real world examples. 

The use of realia (real world objects) is so important for English Language Learners.  It takes something that is so abstract and gives them a concrete foundation for learning.  When they understand the pop can that they drink out of is the same general shape as the can of corn or the garbage can, they make important connections.  The more connections they make, the more they will look for connections in other areas of learning and hopefully, in their language.  Kinesethetic and tactile learners also benefit from using real-world objects.

It takes time to round up all of the objects needed for this lesson, but I believe that it is time well spent.  Pictures of real world objects are great, but whenever actual realia is available, I will invest the time to secure it for my lessons

  Cylinder and Cones
  Cylinder and Cones
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Exploring Cylinders and Cones

Unit 7: Geometry
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to name and identify characteristics of cylinders and cones.

Big Idea: Students will have fun learning about 3-D shapes when they explore rectangular prisms and cubes in this interactive lesson.

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Math, Geometry, SIOP, ELL, shapes
  40 minutes
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