Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gee Golly, Geometry!

I haven't written on my blog in quite a while! I've missed so much!
We finally wrapped up our geometry unit so here are a few more things that we did. Here's a few entries that we made in our math notebooks. I love our math notebooks! Usually I let them create their own pages, but with geometry I felt like I had to type up a lot of the entries to speed the process up and make sure they had accurate angles and lines. 
Find electronic copy here.

OK, well these are kind of hard to see.  Not my best photographic work! Here are some 3-D castles that we built to wrap up our geometry unit. I had them plan it out first...

Then we turned our classroom into a brief construction zone. Paper everywhere! But it was totally worth it. They already had 3-D nets in their math notebooks so they traced them onto white paper and then cut and taped into the shapes. I think my pictures can represent how my classroom looked for the day. Warning, the shocking mess may result in unpleasant side effects... Haha! I just noticed all the money lying around on the tables! You can tell I was definitely giving positive reinforcement to the ones who were cutting the whole time.

 But then here's how they turned out...

SO cute! And then (whew, almost done!) they had to fill out the form because quite a few of them didn't finish their castles so they had to take them home. I had to hold them accountable although I suppose some of them could've filled this out without finishing their castles, but I like to think they all slaved over their castles and made many a teeny weeny 3-D shapes.
Hopefully you all can build the castles in your classrooms! They really were fun and a great wrap up for the unit. Have a fantastic Monday tomorrow!


  1. Hi Heather. I'm a new follower and just need to say that I LOVE the sandcastles idea!! Very, very cool project xx

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  2. You are such a good teacher! I love EVERYTHING you did! Saving it for when I do geometry :)
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  3. This looks like such a fun project! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I absolutely LOVE that I came across your blog tonight! I start my unit on geometric shapes on Monday and your math notebook pages with the little flipbook things will DEFINITELY be making an appearance in my classroom. I also love the castle 3d shapes activity. I may have to investigate how I could do this in my room. Thanks for the ideas!

  5. Hi Heather -

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  6. Hi Heather,

    I love these resources, thanks so much for sharing! I am your newest follower :)

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  7. This was a wonderful activity - I'm so glad I found it! It was great for my third graders. I posted about it on my blog - I'd love it if you came to see! :)

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. What great activities!! I'm looking forward to using some of these great ideas with my class! Heather