Math Work Stations Book Study Geometry

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# Math Work Stations Blog Party Chapter 7 Geometry

July 3 2 min read

### Geometry and Pattern Blocks

One of my students favorite morning work activities is to play with my pattern blocks.  Once we have gotten the first-of-the-year exploration out of the way, I ask them to make pictures out of their pattern blocks.

I got these pattern cards from Kelly’s Kindergarten.  Then I printed them 4 to a page.   Because the shape puzzles are smaller than the actual shapes they will be using to build the pictures, the students will need to think a bit harder (versus just placing the matching shape on top of the source document).  Debbie Diller called this being able to visualize objects and their spatial relationships (sounds fancy).  I created the recording sheet to go along with it.

You can grab the recording sheet by clicking HERE.

### Shape Hunt

Debbie Diller suggests having your kiddos go on a Shape Hunt (p.165).  My students LOVE doing this with magazines.  I start them out hunting for various colors at the beginning of the year.  Once they understand the process, we moved into shape sorts.  Students loved this.  You can find the various magazine sort pages by clicking HERE.

### Positional Word Scavenger Hunt

This was one of our favorite activities for the beginning of the year.  If you have your classroom labeled (example:  door, chair, closet…) it really helps students notice these words AND this activity asks them to read the words!  WIN!  You can grab this free resource at the end of this post.

Thank you, Mrs. Patton, for hosting this week’s chapter!  You will want to go to her page to see her AMAZING post!  Isn’t it great to have such smart blog friends?

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#### 17 Comments

• July 3 at 7:38 pm

Thank you for sharing!! I am always looking for awesome ideas for my math station. My kiddos will love this, and the response page is great!

• July 3 at 8:47 pm

Thanks for sharing! I can definitely use these in my classroom 🙂

Teachers Cannot Live By Apples Alone

• July 3 at 11:32 pm

Thanks for sharing these patterns! I have some, but they aren't colored, and I really like the idea of maybe introducing the designs big, but then moving to the smaller versions so they have use their heads a little more. And the response sheet is perfect – more math thinking.
Thanks again:)

• July 4 at 3:17 am

These are perfect for the pattern block station! Thanks for sharing!
Swamp Frog First Graders

• July 3 at 11:06 pm

Thank you! This is a great idea – I especially love the response sheet that goes with it. 🙂
First Class With Mrs. Mac

• July 4 at 2:04 pm

I love the idea of using the small picture cards and having the students try to recreate the shapes or patterns! Thanks for sharing.

• July 4 at 4:44 pm

I have the same patterns…and was able to find the source for you! They are from Kelly's Kindergarten: http://www.kellyskindergarten.com/math/math_activities.htm. I also found a few more at http://prekinders.com/pattern-blocks/
Thanks for the response sheet…love it!
Angela
Just Love Teaching!

• July 5 at 8:34 pm

Another simple way to differentiate. Love the recording sheet, too!
Thanks 🙂
Karen
froggyfriendsfun.blogspot.com

• July 6 at 2:43 pm

Love the recording sheet. I was doing something similar, but with a graph and having to introduce it later in the year due to difficulty. This will be a tool I can use from the start. Thanks so much! 🙂 Your blog inspires!
Erin
http://eberhartsexplorers.blogspot.com/

• July 7 at 1:17 am

Thank you for the response sheet and the templates for building pattern pictures. Unfortunately I do not have the pattern blocks yet! So I may just use the colored one to cut apart and put back together on the b&w one…. Anyway, I love having an accountability piece (your response sheet will do quite nicely)!
Amber Voss

• July 7 at 1:59 am

I love how prekinders.com has the colored and black and white versions. I think I would make sure they can do both of these before shrinking them. I added velcro to both my shapes and laminated pages. It helped students to be able to stop mid-way through a picture and then restart later in the day OR take their work to show off to another teacher, a big thing in my self-contained class.

• November 30 at 2:56 am

This is just what I need for my math stations! Thanks for posting.

• January 27 at 10:01 pm

Don't know why I am just now finding this — but just in time for the Shapes unit in Investigations!! Thanks!

• April 23 at 10:09 pm

You're awesome!

• February 21 at 9:31 pm

Love the pattern blocks sheets. Thank you for sharing them!

• January 10 at 6:47 pm

I love following you! You have been a huge for this first year teacher! Thanks so much

• January 10 at 7:13 pm

I love following you! You have been a huge for this first year teacher! Thanks so much

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