We have been on a bit of a geometrical journey as of late. We’ve studied sides, corners (which we know are called angles), diamonds (which of course are really called rhombuses!), square corners, trapezoids and loads of other things. We’ve taken pictures, manipulated blocks, read books and even drawn pictures. Pictures of shapes, and now pictures of lions, too. Let me explain. 🙂
Well, actually, let me let a guest author explain. 🙂
So during math centers, we looked at two pictures of a lion, one real, the other drawn. We had conversations about the shapes within the lion–how it’s nose looks like a triangle, how it’s head looks like a rectangle, etc. Then we practiced drawing all the shapes we had identified on white boards with dry erase markers. After that, we followed Mr. Emberley’s tutorial on how to draw his version of a lion, again on the whiteboard. (First by making a rectangle, then another rectangle, then a triangle…)
Today during math time we practiced drawing shapes again on the whiteboard and then we used cardstock and markers to draw our own lions, still using rectangles and triangles and circles, etc.
Students were allowed to use whatever colors they liked and embellish their lion as they best saw fit–some have freckles! Some have angry eyebrows! We had conversations about how many triangles they used to show the teeth, how many triangles to make the mane, etc.
The results are very colorful and scary and fun and are now greeting passers-by in the halls.
(And BOY are they BEAUTIFUL! Sorry–this is Mrs. Bearden. Had to throw in my two cents about how great they are. AND how great Ms. Holzmueller did as she taught the lesson! Learned a few things myself that I will incorporate tomorrow. 🙂 Really, I did! Ok…back to the guest post…:) ).