Spring cleaning: Geometry & a FREEBIE! - momgineer

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring cleaning: Geometry & a FREEBIE!


I have been doing some spring cleaning in my Teachers pay Teachers store and wanted to share a few updates to my Geometry for 1st Grade unit. First, I added a craftivity: SHAPE BUGS!


My kids enjoyed doing this activity and making their bugs! Obviously you don't need my geometry unit to make these - you can either create your own template and copy onto colored paper, or have your students create their own shapes with rulers and tracing circular objects like cups, rolls of masking tape, and lids. I thought bugs were a fun way to tie in spring to this unit. I have a few garden nemeses that I'm sure I'll be seeing before I know it!

I also added two graphing pages, since they always seem to be a big hit. Here is the answer key for one of them. The other graphing page is numbers to 20. I have color-coded the answer key the way I always have my kids do these pages. If you pick a new color for each shape, you can count them as you go, and it's easier to double check your work later. The shapes are in different sizes and orientations, which makes this slightly more challenging than if they were all exactly the same.

I'm pretty excited about the updated posters, as well. I have added a plain version as well the shape friends version (2D & 3D included):


Anyway, I am so excited about this! I thought you might like to try out two of the activity pages. One is a shape search page, and the other is a flip-flap sorting book. I have been loving flip-flap sorting lately! A new template I designed is low mess and one-page self-contained, which makes my life a lot easier! I used the same design in another recent project of mine; here's how it works:


This is what it looks like folded up.
Unfold the top flap and you see the sorting criteria.

Open the sorting flaps for the sorted objects
One of the reasons I really like this layout is that there is extra space to write, and you can either glue it into an interactive journal or you can have a series of mini-books, which display nicely.

Click the image below to download the free pages:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2c4YZQITwuQV1hoTjNkZ0lua0E/edit?usp=sharing

This was a really fun unit for me to put together, and is now on its third major revision. There is also a new two-page assessment, which I may offer separately when I get a chance. What's your favorite spring-cleaning activity? I do admit I love it when I can open the windows and have a nice spring breeze, before the humidity of summer sets in. I hope you enjoy the download!
momgineer Meredith Anderson

STEM education is my passion!

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