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This is a geometry lesson on shapes found in an African village
Math, Social Studies
By – Kimberly Dorsey
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies
Grade Level – 1
- Mathematics – Standard 3
- Social Studies – Standard 3
- Student will be able to identify a square, a circle, and a triangle.
- The student will be able to recognize the words square, circle, and triangle.
- The student will be able to match these words to the corresponding shapes.
- Present the students with items that are familiar and interesting to them (e.g., pizza, a yo-yo, a book, etc.). Ask the students to say something about each object.
- Assuming that the students describe the object as things that you eat, play with, etc., further ask them to state what shape each object is.
- Next, take out index cards which have the names of each shape on them. Hold up one card at a time and ask the students to read the words.
- Once the students have read each word (with guidance), ask them to match the words to the corresponding objects.
- After this is finished, practice reading each word as a group and discuss the properties of each shape (e.g., a triangle has three sides, a square has four sides, etc.).
- A Triangle for Adaora , by Ifeoma Onyefulu
- Different shaped items
- Three pieces of poster board
- Index cards
- After finishing the motivation portion of the lesson, show the students A Triangle for Adaora and tell them it is a book about a girl who is searching for a triangle in Africa.
- Show the students where Africa is on the map in relation to where they live.
- Then ask the students to look for all the shapes we discussed.
- Finally, ask the students to listen to hear the names of shapes that may be unfamiliar to them (i.e., crescent).
- Read A Triangle for Adaora and point out all the different shapes in the story.
- Also point out any cultural facts observed during the reading.
- Break the students into three groups and pass out scissors, glue, poster board, and magazines.
- Then ask each group to choose one shape for their poster. Ask one student in the group to write the name of their shape at the top of their poster.
- Then hand out magazines to each group and help each group find one example of their shape in a magazine.
- Students will continue looking through magazines for their shape. They will then cut and paste the shapes onto their poster.
- Each group will present their poster to the class.
- For homework, student will be required to find different shaped items in their homes and will bring in one example to share with the class the following day.
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