Here it is, y'all! I have been so anxiously awaiting my turn to host this chapter!
So, what is a geometry workstation?
A geometry workstation does NOT have the goal of helping students simply memorize the shapes.
It is NOT a chance for students to practice identifying shapes for a test.
It IS a chance to expose students to the vocabulary of geometry.
It IS designed to help students develop the ability to visualize objects and spatial relationships.
It IS designed to get them to look at things in the real world and see the shapes they are created from.
What kind of geometry workstations do I have in my classroom?
My goal for next year is to have workstations that beg my students to explore mathematical concepts. I want to use work stations as a chance for students to build the math vocabulary that they need.
Here is the fun part! I've got lots of freebies to share with you!
The first one is a set of vocabulary cards I have created. I plan to use these in mini-lessons as I teach a concept. I will also brainstorm with the students which words they would need for specific workstations and include them in the basket so they are easily accessible.
The next FREE download for you is a set of shape cards. I will use these to help my students develop the ability to visualize spatial relationships. They will sort the shapes, compare the shapes, group the shapes, etc.
This next FREEBIE is a set of shape sorting cards. It is meant to be used with the shape cards. Each card provides directions for sorting the cards.
This FREEBIE is a set of "Guess My Shape" cards. Debbie Diller wrote about this game in her book.
Please leave me a comment or rate these free products in my Teachers Pay Teachers store if you enjoy them!
Here is a product I enjoy using as my students are sorting the shape cards:
These are called Sorting Circles from Learning Resources. I used to have my students create circles with string, but 1st graders can get particular about the string circle and feel the need to spend MUCH time fixing the string circle if it gets moved. These sorting circle are perfect for eliminating that issue! No, I have not been asked to promote this product... I just really like it!
I will have Freebies for chapter 8 posted on my blog and my Teachers Pay Teachers store next week, so be sure you are a follower!
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