Super shape creators

Our Mathematics Strand focus in Room 12 has been Geometry. We have been learning to sort objects by their appearance and identify the characteristics of a variety of 2D shapes - circle, diamond, square, rectangle, square and hexagon.

Our first challenge involved learning the names and characteristics of a variety of shapes. In small groups, we attempted to sort our shapes into the various categories. We had to explain what we noticed about our shapes to justify how we had categorised each one.

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The students were able to verbalise how and why they had made their decisions to sort their shapes.

I know it is a triangle because it has 3 pointy corners. (Hunter)

A triangle looks like a tent. (Keani)

Circles are round and don’t have corners. (Danielle)

Diamonds have four sides. (Brooke)

A square has four sides that are all the same length. (Lyla)

A hexagon has six sides and six corners. (Richard)

Next, we went for a shape hunt around the school. We took photos of all the super shapes we found and made posters to share what we learnt.

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Mrs O’Sullivan gave us some shape pictures we could make - these included a cat, castle, mouse, and a pushchair. We had to count how many of each shape we had used to create our pictures.

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Then she gave us the challenge to create our own shape images working in a group. We needed to work together and listen to each other’s ideas before we came up with a picture we all agreed upon. Here are our creations.

Zayn, Danielle, Finlay and Alex created …

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Caleb, Keani, Lexi and Julian created…

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Lyla, Bianca, Paige and Ana created …

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Hunter, Richard, Scarlett, Brooke and Eli created …

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Fletcher created …

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Bianca decided to create her own shape dragon using a circle, rectangles, diamonds and a prism. She went a step further by creating a personality for her creature.  She wrote “My dragon is called Nemo. She likes to fly over the volcanos.”

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Keywords: Shapes, Geometry, Mathematics

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