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10. Build a shape playground (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/K/G/B/5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
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Lesson objective: Apply understandings of special shape attributes to build shapes with materials.  

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of defining attributes to a real-life situation. Students are asked to create a map of a shape playground by building shapes with straws and clay to represent specific playground equipment.  

Key Concept students will use: 

  • We can use various components to model shapes in the real world.

Skills students will use:

  • ability to name shapes based on their defining attributes.
  • ability to identifying shapes based on defining attributes, regardless of their size or orientation. 
  • ability to use position words to describe object location (Grade K, Unit 3).

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 7 (Look for and make use of structure) as they use what they know about the defining attributes of shapes to build shapes to represent playground equipment.  

Key vocabulary: 

  • equipment
  • map
  • may key
  • represent

Special materials needed:

  • clay
  • glue
  • paper, 18"x24"
  • straws, cut into short pieces of equal lengths and long pieces of equal lengths
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