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.
6. Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, "Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?"

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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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In this interactive application young children become familiar with 3-dimensional shapes by matching a variety of shapes in order to build a sandcastle. There are two levels of play, parent pointers, and hints to help out along the way.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: Pre-K, K
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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
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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 primary grades Illuminations lesson, students identify figures on a football field. They look for both congruent and similar figures, and they consider figures that are the same but that occur in a different orientation because of translation, rotation, or reflection. The lesson includes a student worksheet and discussion questions.
Activity, Lesson Plans
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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These 4 activities, part of the Mathematics Developmental Continuum of the State of Victoria, Australia, are intended to introduce young learners to types of angles and tessellations through the use of pattern blocks and tangrams. Supporting documents, materials, and teaching strategies are included.
Activity, Instructor Guide/Manual, Image Set
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
Resource is part of a PD collection
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Students use this Java applet to explore pieces representing fractional portions of a circle or square. This virtual manipulative can be used to explore patterns and symmetry with young children, or to develop fluency in fraction operations and equivalency in older students. Instructions for using the applet and teaching ideas for parents/teachers are available through the links at the top of the page.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This iOS app is an open-ended tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics. Learners stretch colored bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons in order to make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, and fractions. Users can switch from a 25-peg board to an expanded 150-peg board and fill in the interior of shapes with transparent color.
Interactive Media, Mobile App
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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In this interactive Flash applet users manipulate the placement of shapes and their orientation to solve geometric puzzles. Each puzzle is built with the seven traditional Tangram pieces. This applet include nineteen puzzles.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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