How did I teach this shape sorting activity?
We first started by tracing the outline of each shape and talking about the attributes.
“This is a triangle. It has three sides and three points.”
Then she started sorting.
While she sorted, I stayed close and asked questions – good questions, the kinds that need more than a yes or no answer.
“How did you know that yo-yo was a circle?”
“Why didn’t you put that book in the triangle?”
This is about going deep with our knowledge of shapes
We want our children to go beyond the surface, to move past simple memorizing, and to really know and own their learning / knowledge.
By taking shapes off the paper and into the real world, we give our kids the chance to dig deep with shapes and expand their understanding even more.
When will you build a shape sorting activity?