Thursday, October 11, 2012

{Shapes Galore for the Common Core!} Teaching Unit

I am excited to announce a new product I just posted on TeachersPayTeachers and Teacher's Notebook... Shapes Galore for the Common Core! This unit includes fun activities and resources for 2D and 3D shapes and meets the common core standards! This unit is perfect for teaching and reinforcing skills about shapes. It includes posters, word wall cards, and math ring vocab cards for 2D shapes and fun activities such as shape hunts, spinner games, sorting mat/pocket chart activities for 2D/3D shapes, and more! Check out the two preview images below:

You can click on the cover page below to take you to the product in my TPT store, or click on any of the two links to my stores in the right sidebar on my blog.
Shapes Galore for the Common Core

Along with using the resources from my unit, here are a few other shape activities I did with my kiddos. To learn about shapes and their attributes (how many sides, etc.) we create a fun shape people book. When they create the shape people, they have to make the eyes, nose, and mouth into whatever shape the body is. Here's a sample from the "square" page in my teacher created book:

We also do a lot of work in interactive math journals. To make life easier with labeling pages to show what activity we are working on, I just print the words on sticky mailing labels and there is no gluing involved! When we were learning about hexagons, since they are super tricky for my kinders to draw, they each got a plastic shape manipulative and traced them all over the page. The 3D shape (cube) attributes and circle map page shown next to the hexagon page is included in my new shapes unit!

To continue on with 3D shapes, we sang this poem often and the kids would take turns holding each 3D shape in the air whenever they heard the name of the shape read aloud.
Source: Pinterest

And we used marshmallows and round toothpicks (they're not sharp) to build 3D shapes! They LOVED building these!

Hopefully you can use some of these activities in your own classroom! Thanks for checking out my unit on TPT! :)


  1. I have done the marshmellow activity for 9 years and it has yet to get old. My students love this activity.

    1. I know! Love that it's such an easy activity! :)

  2. Hi Caitlin,
    I loved the shape poem and had pinned it awhile ago. I did a blogpost today and showed your poem and linked to your post. I taught kindergarten for 5 years and now teach first grade. My kids love the marshmallow activity in both kindergarten and first. You have wonderful ideas. I am a new follower and look forward to checking back for new ideas. Thanks!

    Classroom Companion

    1. Hi! Thanks so much, Sandra! I'm glad you enjoyed the ideas! :)