Reflection: Flexibility Combining Shapes - Section 2: Presentation of Lesson


This was the first time that I did this lesson with actual pattern blocks.  In the past, I did not have enough pattern blocks for the entire class to complete this activity.  I found that there are die cuts that are the same size as the pattern blocks.  I used these instead, and since they were just paper, I had the student glue them on.  I have found pros and cons of both methods.


Using real blocks
Pros: Easier for students to manipulate and push together
Cons: No record of student work


Using paper die cut pattern blocks
Pros: Record of each student's work to look at later
Cons: Harder for students to manipulate (a lot of overlapping), Harder to fix mistakes if student glue down the pieces

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Combining Shapes

Unit 4: Positions and Shapes
Lesson 15 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to combine shapes to make larger shapes.

Big Idea: We can make so many things out of shapes! In this lesson students will use pattern blocks to explore combining shapes to make new shape.

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Math, Critical Area, Describing Shapes
  55 minutes
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