Reflection: Vertical Alignment More 3D Shapes: Learning about Pyramids and Spheres - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


After I taught this lesson, I got a fun e-mail from a parent.  The parent shared that her daughter came home from school and was quizzing her on 3D shapes.  She asked her what the point of a pyramid was called.  The mom did not know.  Her daughter proudly told her, "an apex".  The mother was amazed that her daughter knew the correct term.

I think this e-mail is a good reminder that it is not necessary to "dumb down" vocabulary for our students. If vocabulary is scaffolded with student friendly definitions, students will benefit from exposure to this academic vocabulary.  The term "apex" is certainly not a typical kindergarten word, but several students now know what this word means and they will be that much further ahead of the game in years to come.  It is especially important for teachers to look ahead at vocabulary that students will need in subsequent years and to start weaving that vocabulary into instruction. 

This exposure to vocabulary is not limited to math, but should be considered in all subject areas.  Are the words title, plot, characters, setting, etc. used and defined for your students?  We must make a conscious effort to give our students exposure to specific academic vocabulary.  It is the "drop in the bucket" theory.  These tiny drops add up to a greater understanding.

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More 3D Shapes: Learning about Pyramids and Spheres

Unit 7: Geometry
Lesson 10 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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