One of the expectations of the course that I followed was to create a unit for the class I am currently teaching. I decided to do an inquiry on structures and, in order to understand how structures are formed, the children needed to understand that structures are created using shapes. The best way for them to learn the range of shapes that exist is for them to play games and do activities.
At centres, the children did the following:
- Bingo: I asked them repeat the name of the shape after I had called it out (they were learning the French vocabulary at the same time as learning the name of the shape).
- Tangrams: Using the cards in front of them, they created designs using shapes.
- Matching: The children matched colours with shapes.
- Lacing: In order to improve fine-motor skills, the children laced a range of two -dimensional shapes.
- Memory game: I asked the children to call out the name of the shape on the cards they turned over. In this way they practiced saying the name of the shape in French.
- Creating booklets: Children created their own shape booklet using pictures they had cut out from magazines. The pictures they chose represented the shape they were showing on the page of their book.
The children enjoyed the activities at the various centers – and they enjoyed playing the games for a few weeks. They learned the shape vocabulary quickly and were easily able to move onto the next step of the inquiry.
Do you remember how you learned about shapes?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015