K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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Hula hoop sorting
Students will use two large hula hoops to form a Venn Diagram. Then, using various colored paper shapes, they will recognize, and identify circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, trapezoids, and parallelograms.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Diane Jackson.
Exploring geometric shapes
These hands-on activities make learning about geometric shapes more appealing to students.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Debbie Fox.
Winter congruent and symmetrical shapes
Students learn about congruency and symmetry. They complete a symmetrical tree that is complete with congruent ornaments.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Julie Little.
Shapely compositions
Students will compose four measures of music using shapes to denote the quarter and eighth notes. The individual compositions are combined to make a longer piece of music that students enjoy playing on rhythm instruments.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Music Education)
Students will use the Kid Pix Studio Deluxe computer software program to draw a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle. They will be instructed to make the shapes a certain color and size. Then they will print their work.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Information Skills and Mathematics)
By Di Small.
Students will read rhythm notations written on dinosaur shapes, discover how to play two digit number patterns, create their own rhythm patterns and play rhythms on unpitched percussion instruments.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Music Education)
By Amy Snyder.
Polyhedra: Faces, edges, and verticies (3-D marshmallow models)
Students will review the names of 3 dimensional shapes, create the shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks, and find relationships among the faces, verticies, and edges of different 3-D polyhedra.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Julie Little.
Super shape shifter
Students learn shapes and put them together to make other shapes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Becky Woolard.
Flipping around pentominoes
The students will use Unifix cubes to create the twelve different pentominoes. The students will join 5 Unifix cubes to make different shapes that will lie flat on a table or level surface. The students will then test for new shapes by flipping, sliding, or turning to create each different pentomino.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 8 Mathematics)
By Dianne Wingate.
The shape of stuff
This lesson will involve students identifying, describing, and making solid figures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Bettie Davis.
"Shaping up" with ordinal numbers
This lesson teaches students ordinal numbers through literature, and a visual memory game, and it reviews shapes, colors, and ordinal numbers with a listening and following-directions assessment.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Sue Bowen.
Geometry and art: Art museum visit
This lesson is the second in a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this lesson students apply their knowledge of geometry by sorting, classifying and counting plane geometric figures during a visit to the art museum to look at and compare twentieth- century paintings. Students then collect data and share what they observe.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Loretta Hopper.
Collaging symmetry
Students will create a symmetrical artwork with construction paper, glue, and yarn. This lesson will allow students to use critical thinking to create an original work. They should learn that there is more than one solution to a creative problem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Visual Arts Education)
By Marion McClure.
A geometric field trip
Students conduct a field trip around the school (inside and out) looking for examples of geometric shapes. They record their findings using a digital camera and present their findings in a multimedia presentation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Mary Rizzo.
Starry Night
This lesson will introduce the artist Vincent Van Gogh and give students the opportunity to respond to his work. We will explore theme, color, and line while examining the painting "Starry Night" and creating our own pictures using a combination of oil pastel plus cut and paste.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Visual Arts Education)
By Martha Pearson.
Learn to communicate
Students will try to duplicate a pattern based on verbal directions from a partner.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Healthful Living)
By Danetta Samuels.
Congruent figures
This is a fun, hands-on activity to help students identify congruent figures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Jennifer Robinson.
The Greedy Triangle
Students review geometric terms by making predictions about what the Greedy Triangle will become as the teacher reads the book, The Greedy Triangle. Students will create geometric creatures after the review.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Renee Allen.
Stamp it here, stamp it there, stamp it where?
Using a drawing program (Kid Pix), students will integrate English Language Arts and Technology Skills as they work with Geometry skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Mary Rizzo.
Is it open or closed?
Students will identify and create open and closed figures using labeled cards and pipe cleaners.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Vickie Fender.