A scavenger hunt allowing students to find 2-D shapes in their surrounding environment.
Use this engaging teaching resource when introducing 2-D shapes to your students.
Students look for various shapes in their surrounding environment, whether that be in their classroom, the schoolyard, or their home. The shapes can be stand-alone, part of a larger shape, or a component of a 3-D object. For example, a student may see a rectangular window made-up of small square glass panes and color in a square for the glass panes.
To make this activity a bit more challenging, have your students record the name of the object, its location, and the defining attributes for each shape they find.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
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