“So we know our Shape Song, which is great,” I begin, “But today, we have a Hexagon Song!” I announce. “Let’s sing the Hexagon Song now!”
We all sing the Hexagon Song, one of my favorite freebies from Pinterest.
Singing is such a fun way to begin a lesson, especially in kindergarten, where singing skill is not a consideration. In fact, one of my favorite things about kindergartners is that to them, good singing is LOUD singing!
“I bet you can guess what we are learning about today,” I begin, “Hexagons!”
“How many sides does a hexagon have?” I ask.
The song is helpful, and student after student responds, “Six.”
We work on our hexagon pages. “Let’s trace the sides on the hexagons,” I begin. I trace my hexagon with the document camera projecting it on “the big screen.”
Real world objects shaped like hexagons can be tougher to find. Many students mistakenly insist stop signs are hexagons. It’s helpful to have a picture of an octagon handy to count the eight sides with the students.
We have a hexagon table in the class, as well as a hexagon work group. It’s so nice to be familiar with hexagons. Other real world hexagons are kind of challenging to brainstorm: bolts, six-sided goldfish bowls or candy jars…
Students remember that hexagons have six sides from the song, but writing 6 is tricky for many students. My yellow marker comes in handy for tracing. I have to chuckle a little when one student writes a large, lowercase “g” for their 6 on the “number of corners” section.
Students complete the bottom portion of the circle page independently, coloring the items that are shaped like hexagons. During this time, I help students who are struggling.
On a separate table, “Hexagon” play dough mats and play dough are available for fast finishers. Students know to roll the play dough into “snakes” to form hexagons. I like to use the small party size containers of play dough because it limits the amount of play dough a student can use at any given time, and because it allows for the opportunity to switch colors if a student completes a hexagon with one color of play dough.
I ask the students to tell me what shape we’ve worked with today. To refocus students who may be tired or beginning to get unfocused, I will repeat that question. First, I ask a student who is like a junior teacher to answer, and of course, the response is perfect: “Hexagon.” Then I repeat the question a few times, with student after student correctly answering “Hexagon,” even the sleepy kiddos or the distractible kids. How many times can we hear “hexagon?” I don’t know, but it sure helps learning!
I decide to ask a tricky question: “So is a stop sign a hexagon?”
The students say “No!”
I persist… “Why not???”
Students say that hexagons have 6 sides. (A future teacher adds, “And a stop sign has 8!”)