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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) K resources related to the following standard:
Geometry
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
5. Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.

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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 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.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2
5
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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 narrative document describes the progression of Geometry across the K-6 grade band. It is informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. The document discusses the most important goals for elementary geometry in three categories, namely, geometric shapes and their categories, composing and decomposing geometric shapes, and spatial relations and spatial structuring.
Reference Materials, Article
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource is part of a PD collection
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In this 7-minute video mathematics education professor Doug Clements argues that some of the difficulty young math students have with geometry and measurement stems from classroom materials that are inexact and misleading. He proposes involving children in diverse exploratory activities that foster spatial reasoning and precision of thought about shapes and their properties.
Instructional Strategy, Video
Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1
Resource is part of a PD collection
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This 42-page pdf document demonstrates the connections between the CCSS content standards and the mathematical practice standards. It is a compilation of research, standards from several states, instructional strategies, common misconceptions, and examples for each standard at the Kindergarten level. It is intended to help teachers understand what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do. Additional flip books are cataloged separately for grades 1-5.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
Grade Level: K
5
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This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support kindergarten mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) and Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) developed by the Noyce Foundation are included. The tasks were designed to measure students’ ability to solve non-routine problems, explain and justify their solutions, and promote high level thinking skills. Resources are listed for specific kindergarten standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route.
Instructional Strategy, Problem Set
Grade Level: K
5
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This page hosts a collection of kindergarten-level geometric tasks in pdf format that are aligned to the CCSS standards KG1 through KG6. It also has links to supplementary literature and learning materials.
Activity, Problem Set, Image Set
Grade Level: K
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This page contains 16 projects that use paper, string and other media to make or build math related items, such as symmetrical butterflies and string art. Written directions are accompanied by numerous illustrations.
Activity
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This document provides descriptions and examples of what each Mathematics Common Core standard means a Kindergarten student will know, understand and be able to do. This "unpacking" of the standards provides instructional guidelines and was developed to assist North Carolina educators teach the Mathematics Common Core (Standard Course of Study).
Reference Materials
Grade Level: K
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