Giant 3-D Solids
Steve Spangler. They are about a dollar, each but you only need a total of 12. If you are careful you can reuse them over and over. Ive used these 3 times and will be able to use them again. I have one student that struggles with most math concepts. The student struggled at every station to understand edges, vertices, and faces. When the student was able to stand inside the 3-D object, it finally clicked. It was awesome to see the light bulb come on.
Students used pattern blocks to create a structure behind a book or file folder. Then the student described the shape to his/her partner and the other student reconstructed the shape.
Students used newspapers to create dowels. All you need is newspapers, a few straws (these can be reused), and tape. Then they used the dowels to create geometric solids. I had them cover the structure with paper and create a poster for their solid. Cubes don't work well for this activity. The dowels are just not strong enough to support the shape. There is a learning curve for creating a tight dowel. Watch the video for help.
Students filled a shape card and wrote a recipe (pattern blocks used) for their creation.
Students created shapes using polydrons and completed the shape characteristics sheet. If you don't have polydrons, you can have them construct the paper ones. I had them create the three most common ones for 4th grade assessment.
Geometry Vocabulary Game
I created a geometry vocabulary game for the students to play. They spin a homemade spinner then act out, sketch, or define the vocab term. Just cut apart the vocab cards and turn them face down. Students take turns giving the clues for the vocab term. You need a minute timer or stopwatch. The first team to get 10 points wins.
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Stephanie Moorman from Teaching in Room 6 wrote two guest posts all about Geometry for Laura Candler. These ideas would be perfect to incorporate into a Geometry Fest. Click on the links to read about them.
Hands on Geometry Part 1
Hands on Geometry Part 2
Good luck as you continue to create magic in your classroom!