Lesson plan

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
Quick assign

You have saved this lesson plan!

Here's where you can access your saved items.

Content placeholder

or to view additional materials

You'll gain access to interventions, extensions, task implementation guides, and more for this lesson plan.

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