Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) K resources related to the following standard:
Geometry
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
4. Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/"corners") and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).

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This interactive Flash lesson helps students to visualize the faces and edges that make up cubes and to distinguish cubes from other shapes. A pdf teacher guide is available at MathActive Lessons for Grades 3-4 (cataloged separately), which also includes links to unvoiced, Navajo, and Spanish versions of the lesson (see #1, 3, 4).
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
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This problem is an investigation into combinations of a number of cubes. It is a practical activity which involves working systematically, and visualizing and relating 3D shapes to their representation on paper. Children are asked how many different towers are possible using seven cubes on a base of two of them. The Teachers' Notes page includes suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for extension and support, and printable handouts (word/pdf).
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This iOS app ($) is a collection of 18 activities providing practice with a wide range of early math skills involving number, shape, and measurement.
Activity, Interactive Media, Mobile App
Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1, 2
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This problem helps children begin to understand the various properties of common geometric solid shapes. It also promotes naming, discussion and experimentation concerning their features, and requires them to justify their ideas. It asks students to judge the stability of nine configurations made from six common solids. The Teachers' Notes page includes suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for extension and support, and printable sheets.
Activity
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This activity gives students practice naming and using shape and color attributes to create patterned sequences. The first challenge asks students to use attribute differences to extend a sequence. A second, more open-ended challenge asks students to maximize the length of their sequences under a further constraint. An interactive applet is provided as an alternative to physical manipulatives. The Teachers' Notes page includes suggestions for implementation and discussion questions.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
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This hands-on activity helps students develop spatial sense and scaling concepts. Students use interlocking cubes to build first a chair and then a table of appropriate size for the chair. The student goes on to build two other sets of chairs and tables to make three different sizes in all. The Teachers' Notes page includes suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, and ideas for extension.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This familiar game can be played by one or two players taking turns. Players choose to match equivalent representations of numbers, shapes, fractions, or multiplication facts. The game can be played in clear pane mode, or for added challenge, with the windows closed.
Game
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This is the NCTM Android app of their familiar on line Illuminations game, "Concentration" ( cataloged separately ) which challenges a user to match whole numbers, shapes, fractions, or multiplication facts to equivalent representations. This game can be played by one or two players taking turns and can be played in clear pane mode, or for added challenge, with the windows closed.
Game, Mobile App
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This NCTM iOS app of the familiar online Illuminations game, "Concentration" (cataloged separately) challenges a user to match whole numbers, shapes, fractions, or multiplication facts to equivalent representations. This game can be played by one or two players taking turns and can be played in clear pane mode, or for added challenge, with the windows closed.
Game, Mobile App
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This activity asks students to recognize differences in shapes and sort them. They are given a set of 15 shape cards that they can sort by the criteria of color, size and shape. Ideas for implementation, extension and support are included along with a printable sheet of the cards.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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