Do you play enough games during your educational day?
Every month I TRY to create a freebie for my readers. Because I strongly believe in the power of games, I make sure to include some type of game in all of my activity packs.
If you’re a regular reader, you may have already snagged some of the recent freebies from the blog. I’ve been working on this one for the past month. We’ve been using it as I create each activity. We’ve had a lot of fun with it and have seen great success!
A few weeks back, I took a look at the state standards for kindergarten, first and second grade. Being about to identify 2 dimensional shapes was on all three of the grade level standards. That’s what drove my resource creation for the month!
RECAP OF THE ACTIVITIES:
Let’s flash back to the last couple of weeks, shall we?
I created an anchor poster in color, or in black and white. For my Little Red kindergartener, I chose to have him color in the black and white faces of the shapes.
Cut and Paste Shape Match
The next day we completed the Cut and Paste Shape Match. We love to do cut and paste activities at this age. I knew right away he was remembering the names of the shapes when he didn’t need to look at his anchor chart for guidance!
Draw the Shape
Not long after we practiced matching the shape with the name, we practiced drawing the shapes. I’ll be honest, drawing some of these shapes for Kindergarteners can be tough. However, sometimes they will surprise you! First and Second graders can do much better at this, but it’s good to go ahead and let your 4-6 year olds give it shot!
Bingo Shape Game
While I was researching skills for math, one of the first activities to pop into my head was this bingo game. My kids love to play games, and bingo is a game we haven’t played in awhile. Playing games in math can not only be fun, but motivating as well. Games provide multiple opportunities for kids to explore math concepts.
Games are fantastic tools to use in your classroom:
- playing games can provide multiple ways to problem solve and find strategic ways to use concepts
- when playing games repeatedly, students have more practice of using mathematical skills
- playing games allows students to gain familiarity with number patterns, computation, and a deeper understanding of math concepts
- games provide a way for students to learn without you (the teacher) hovering over while practicing
- playing games can help bridge all students. Your 4 year olds can play with your 10 year olds allowing a review for the older student while building a foundation for the younger.
This bingo game is a great way to build fluency of the names of the shape in a fun way.
This February Freebie is a simple way to get geometry in your young learners school day.
What about you? What skills are you working on this month? Let me know in the comments!
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