Figure or shape? For so long we have called them 3D shapes. My principal met with us last week after hearing a lady from TEA share this story:
I observed a teacher teach a great interactive lesson about 3D shapes. It was very hands-on, the students were very engaged, and they had a solid understanding. After the lesson, I asked the teacher if I could ask a student a question. Of course she replied yes because she was confident in what her students knew. I proceeded to ask a student if they could tell me the difference between a 3D figure and a 2D figure. The student replied, “What is a figure?”
First of all, let’s all think about how NERVOUS we would be if someone from TEA was observing our lesson. Secondly, can you imagine how you would feel if the TEA called you out on not using the right vocabulary?
I left the meeting and said to myself, “Well, I better change my teaching vocabulary this week!”
“Figure” is it!
I wanted to give you a peak at my new unit, “Shape” It Up! It has been fun to create.
I used half of it last week with my first grade friends. They LOVED the figure poems. We sang them all to the tune that the popular coin poems are sung to. We also created the attribute bendy book!
This unit is structured a lot like my Money unit. So if you liked that a lot, I know you’ll love “Shape” It Up!
I will give it away to one lucky winner! Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me if you teach with the word “shape” or “figure”! 🙂 Don’t forget to leave your email address, too! I will pick a winner Sunday afternoon.