Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Don't Be Such a Square, Be a Cube Instead! - Section 3: Building Cubes


This activity directly correlates to the Engineering strand of the new NGSS (Next Generation of Science Standards) that are being adopted by many states. Math is an excellent place to begin creating and teaching integrated units of study.

This shape unit is great to link to a unit on the world we live in. Students learn about shapes, find shapes in the environment and use everyday items to build them. An extension of this activity could be to use the marshmallow and stick cubes as a table teams and link them together to make a bridge or tower that can stand independently for 10 or more seconds.

  Connecting to the engineering standards
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Connecting to the engineering standards
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Don't Be Such a Square, Be a Cube Instead!

Unit 8: Know Those Shapes!
Lesson 10 of 15

Objective: SWBAT identify and describe a cube by it's attributes.

Big Idea: Kindergarteners love to identify shapes in their environment. In order effectively do that, they must be able to recognize different shapes by their specific attributes. In this lesson kindergartners learn about the attributes of a cube.

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Math, Geometry, shapes, kindergarten
  60 minutes
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