This week I had several students who were struggling with attributes of 3D shapes. Being new(ish) to 1st grade, I am always looking for a hands-on way to make learning meaningful in math.
Unfortunately one small group during guided math continued to struggle with vertices and edges.
Cue the light bulb moment for my bright idea!
I quickly looked for something that I could use to write on the shapes without damaging them.
(If I had a nickle for every wooden cube that some kid has taken a pencil to...just sayin...)
I settled on a role of highlighter tape, washi tape, and some colorful dot stickers and tested it out on these base 10 blocks. Let's just say I needed a BIG visual for this particular small group.
First, we wrote numbers on our dots and put one on each vertex. Then, I let the students choose which color of highlighter tape or washi to use. To be honest, I did most of the cutting!
Math stations can't last all day people!!
We got to work taping all the edges, and then we used our mini-markers with erasers to count our edges. The kids did a great job! One little girl even decided, "We should write each number two times so no matter which way you are looking at you'll know what number it should be." Even though it was difficult for her to explain, I understood her thinking.
This weekend I plan on buying some Scotch Dry Erase Tape and using it to create several different options for this activity. That's right- They make Dry Erase TAPE (And Chalkboard Tape!).
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