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Bright Ideas: First Grade 3D Shapes Station Idea

I'm so glad you stopped by today! I am excited to join the Bright Ideas Link up!  That means it is time for you to grab that idea notebook and start making your Must Do list!

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!).

I want to include some real-word objects like a tissue box, coffee can, and Toblerone chocolate package for a triangular prism! (Nom, Nom) These will be easy to put in a station tub for students to label and record information about in their math journal.

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  1. Great idea! I'm sure those hands-on visual really helped!

    1. We'll see this week when we do our common assessment! :-o

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  3. Dry Erase tape?? Yes, please! What a great way to make your manipulatives interactive for the kids. Thanks for sharing!

    First Grade Fairytales

    1. Kelly your idea was FABulous and I shared it on FB. I am going to go through 6 ft of magnet tape today!

  4. At last--a use for dry erase tape! I've been wanting to buy some but couldn't think of any uses for it. This is a GREAT idea!!

    1. HA! I love it- Yes, I also refrained from buying it at first but now I know I can use it. The chalkboard tape...I'm not so sure. Maybe if I used paper punches to create cute shapes with it.