In math this week we've been studying shapes. Most of my kids come in able to identify the 4 basic shapes so we go a little more into depth than just recognition.Our new Texas standards require us to use formal academic vocabulary such as "vertices" and "sides" rather than just sorting the shapes by attributes as it had in prior years. Keeping up with the Core?! Who knows? 

So...we began our week making some anchor charts. They ended up being ugly...sooooo I didn't take pictures ;) We went on a shape hunt around the classroom and I took pictures of the shapes we found. We revisited this the next day once I had printed out the pictures. They LOVE finding environmental shapes. We were spotting them everywhere after this activity!

We used popsicle sticks and play-doh to make each shape and emphasized the vertices and sides of each one. They LOVED making these! I made some {freebie!} play-doh mats to go along with this so I can put it in a math tub this next week.
Then we added these flip books from Fran Kramer {freebie!} into our interactive notebooks.
Then we made these cutie-patootie shape scarecrows that my teammate (Hi Stephanie!) has been making for years. They are all die-cut shapes that I'm sure your school has! {1 triangle, 1 square, 1 oval, 2 fat rectangles and 2 skinny rectangles, then 4 small strips cut for the feet and hands} SO easy! I can't wait to put them all in the fall scene outside our doors!
What fun things do you do with shapes?!



  1. I love the idea of taking photos and then hanging them up! I also love the playdough mats. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  2. We also do a shape hunt, but I've always had the kids draw pictures to show what they found. The idea of taking photos and hanging them up is great!
    Teachin' First

  3. Love the shape hunt idea. Any time we can get the kiddos moving around is good! The Popsicle sticks and play dough shapes are a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Granny Goes to School


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