Freebie Friday: Shape Bingo

 As you may remember we have a bunch of different games and activities for geometry. Shape identification is an important skill acquired in the lower elementary grades. So today’s Freebie Friday is Shape Bingo, which provides a fun, engaging, play-based method to have students practice both the construction of shapes as well as the identification. This activity can be played using two or three dimensional shapes. I have also used it as part of a unit on differentiating quadrilaterals. It is a game that is easily modified to suit a teacher curricular needs, and as such I have found it to be an excellent substitute teacher activity or even a home learning game.Shape Bingo Picture

In the classroom, I have used Shape Bingo across the grades by modifying the shapes I ask my students to fill their bingo. For example, for the younger grades will choose squares, triangles, diamonds, squares and rectangles. Furthermore, for primary students I will often model the shapes by drawing each on the board and labeling them and allowing the students to copy them directly. Whereas, for the intermediate and upper grades I will often write only the word on the board (e.g. cube, sphere, cone etc.) and ask my students to draw the shape independently.

In my experience this activity provides excellent repetitive practice in drawing the different shapes. As such, I often will collect the game boards after the activity as a formative assessment measure to see how efficiently my students can compose the different shapes. Continue reading “Freebie Friday: Shape Bingo”

Teachable Moment: Poster Board Stars

Well, every couple who lives in our apartment in the following decades is going to be finding gold glitter in every nook and cranny.  Jay came home from Crossfit and lunch with friends to find that Martha Stewart had exploded all over what used to be our living room.  He accurately  remarked that ours was either the apartment of the happiest, rowdiest, creative child and/or one, singular elementary school teacher.  At present there happens to be sparkles, paper scraps and paint brushes spanning the length between our the front door and bedroom.

The reason: star costumes for my Saturday afternoon kids.

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Here is my second installment of how to create vibrant, eye catching ( albeit inexpensive) costumes out of poster board.  You will find my tutorial on Poster Board flowers here, which was the costume for my first dance.  The stars that follow are for a song title My Whole Body Can Move which my students will be performing at a their fundraiser in February.  So if you are looking for easy decor for a dance or graduation ceremony, simple stage props for a pageant or like me costumes for your dance or play, here is your answer.  Continue reading “Teachable Moment: Poster Board Stars”