Happy Friday!! I hope everyone had a great week. For our fellow Southern California bloggers- we are sorry that we cannot make the meet up this weekend. We are participating in a breast cancer walk tomorrow.
I love incorporating movement into my lessons as much as possible. I believe that getting students up and out of their seats delivers oxygen to the brain and keeps them focused and engaged in the lesson. One way that I reinforced polygons, lines, and angles was through a simple activity where I had my students work in pairs to create shapes or figures with their bodies. Sometimes I would call out different shape attributes that I was looking for and the students would be given a short amount of time to put themselves in position. My class loved this activity and thought they were taking a "brain break" rather than learning math. I took pictures of each group in their positions.
The following day, the students were given the pictures and used markers to highlight and identify various angles, lines, and shapes within their picture. It was a great way to get them to use the geometry terms and reinforce these concepts without using a worksheet.
I also did another geometry activity using pictures of famous world monuments.
During our language arts block, my students and I enjoyed the story Ben's Dream by Chris Van Allsburg.
In this story, a boy has a dream that he floats by many different world monuments.
This triggered an idea to use the theme from this book as a geometry lesson. Why not find pictures of the monuments mentioned in this book and have the students look for examples of polygons, solid figures, angles, and lines?!? I hopped onto google, printed the pictures, and slid them into page protectors. I paired up my students and had them use a dry-erase marker to highlight the various shapes, angles, lines, etc.
What fun ideas do you have when teaching geometry?