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Find all of the different shapes that can be made by arranging Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons end to end on an individual dry-erase board! Then trace and label the plane figures you build.
Invite each child to choose 3 Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons. Demonstrate how to arrange crayons end to end to form a triangle on an individual dry-erase board. Ask children to arrange their crayons end to end and trace around the triangles they build on their dry erase boards.
Look closely at the triangles. Are some similar? Are some different? Why? Introduce math vocabulary to help children describe their triangles.
Invite children to choose 3 dry-erase crayons that are all the same size. Build and trace around a triangle. Next choose 3 dry-erase crayons that are not all the same size. Build and trace around another triangle. Compare your triangles. Are the angles similar or different? Compare the lengths of the sides.
Repeat this activity, inviting children to choose 4, 5, and 6 dry-erase crayons to build figures. Ask children to use math vocabulary to describe and compare the shapes they build. Provide new math terminology as students discover new figures and new attributes about the shapes they construct.
At the end of the lesson invite children to reflect on their learning in a math journal or on lined paper. Provide an open-ended reflection prompt, such as “What did I do with shapes today?”
Designing frames is a fun way to explore geometric features.
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