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Monday, February 1, 2010

Rowdy Rectangle

We are almost finished our shape books here. This week we added the rectangle. What a great shape? One can probably name about 100 things right off the bat that are the shape of a rectangle. The tricky part? What's it called? If I ask them to show me a rectangle they can be traveling around the room for hours. If I ask them to tell me the shapes name--we'll we keep working on it, wasn't it a square:)?

Cutting out the rectangle went very well. Four straight lines are child's play at this stage of the game--as long as we figure out how to hold those rascally scissors. We cut out the rectangle and glued it with the song:

Two sides long and two sides short.
Two sides long, two sides short.
Two sides long and two sides short.
I'm a rectangle.
(I may have forgotten to mention these songs are sung to the tune of "London Bridge)

Our next page is the page where we create something using the shapes. Rectangle used to be done very close to our Abraham Lincoln discussion, so we made a top hat. I have kept that being that there are snowmen all around the room wearing top hats. I asked the children if they knew what the hat's were called and they said, "Magic hats." I threw in stovepipe hat and got some seriously funny looks.

We found lots of rectangles all around the room--we could do this for days. Next week is our final shape circle. I know they all know the name and what it looks like, but can they cut it out? We'll soon see.

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Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

I just love teaching about shapes - you can do so much with them. Your shape books are wonderful.

Debbie said...

What a great idea, to have them make shape books!

Miller Moments said...

I love the idea of a shape book too! Thanks for sharing. :)