One teacher's thoughts on the 'krazy' world that is Kindergarten!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Building 3D shapes
One of the math objectives that a kindergartner in NC must be able to do is build a 3D shape. The particular 3D shapes they need to build are a sphere and cube. Now, sphere is pretty easy. A good old container of PlaDoh works great for the kinders to roll into a ball. Where the tricky part comes in is with the cube. My team has used the marshmallow and toothpick lesson for a while now and it works well. However, I am always looking for another way to get the concept across. So my fellow educators, how do you teach your students to make a cube? Let me hear your wonderful ideas. I know you have some. :)
Each kinder is given 8 marshmallows & 12 toothpicks.
It is very interesting to watch the students problem solve.