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Learning about 3-D shapes

Learning about 3-D shapes

​Our Grade One students continue their study of shapes and space. Deepening their prior knowledge of two-dimensional shapes supported their understanding of three- dimensional figures, their properties and function. 
​Individually the students constructed three- dimensional shapes, such as rectangular prisms, cubes, square, and triangular pyramids. They used sticks, straws, pipe cleaners and plasticine in a creative way to build their figures. Many problem- solving moments occurred as the children were figuring out how to connect the edges of their shapes together, in order to maintain solid scaffolds. 
​In their groups our Grade One students explored the function of each 3-D shape. Using a Venn-diagram they sorted their shapes into categories: Does it stack? Does it roll, does it slide? Does it
roll and slide?
​When we combine activities in the classroom that require body movement, talking and listening we are activating multiple areas in the brain. 
 
“The more parts in the brain you use,
the more likely you are to retain information.”
 -Judy Dodge
 
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