This presentation is to inform you of a project our class is starting in a few weeks. Our project titled, “Silly Shapes” is all about learning shapes and how to recognize them in the world around us. Students will collaborate with one another while learning about shapes. Also while completing this unit, students will meet many standards as well as objectives for their kindergarten curriculum.
As the teacher, I will provide students with necessary class time to complete the project. I will also be leading each group and educating them on each shape. Over the next month, we will learn about each shape and how to determine the difference between them. I will also provide the students with materials needed to complete the project. I will monitor their progress while encouraging them to gain independence for their work.
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Role of the Parent
Parents are asked to simply monitor the child’s progress. We will do all the “research” and group work in the classroom. Volunteers are welcomed to monitor students while in the room. Students may also ask questions regarding shapes and the number of sides and such. Please assist your child because we are researching by book, computer, and people.
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Role of the Student
Student will be divided into groups where they will research different shapes (circle, square, rectangle, and triangle). Students are to learn the difference between the shapes and use materials around the room to create an example of each shape. Students will then give an oral presentation to the class explaining how their model represents the shapes discussed in class. Students must also explain the differences in the shape (number of sides, etc.). Students will be graded on how well they work together, their final product, and their understanding of the mathematical concept of shapes.
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Benefits Of The Unit
Students will meet many standards as well as objectives for their kindergarten curriculum.
It will provide students with an opportunity to build crucial 21 st century skills.
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Standards That Will Be Met
Mathematics (2003)
Grade(s): K
7.) Identify rectangles, squares, circles, and triangles.
Mathematics (2009)
Grade(s): K
6.) Explain criteria used to sort objects.
8.) Identify two-dimensional (plane) shapes, including rectangle, square, circle, triangle, hexagon, trapezoid, and rhombus, and three-dimensional (solid) figures, including sphere, cone, and cylinder.
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Objectives For The Unit
Students will be able to identify shapes.
Students will use computer programs to gather information about the basic properties of shapes.
Students will be able to recognize shapes in the environment.
Students will be able to recognize the shape of familiar objects.
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Project-Based Learning
Encourages group collaborating work
Provides more hands-on learning and instruction to meet each child’s need
Supports higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills
Promotes more technology based learning and instruction
In this class, students will collaborate with one another while researching, creating, and designing a presentation using materials to create a shape.
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Contact Information
Please feel free to email or Skype me with any questions. The best time to reach me is during my planning period or before school. You may also stop by the classroom in the afternoon with any questions.