Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2-D Shape Math Workstation Activities

Here are a few math workstation activities for 2-D shapes. I would use all of these ideas in whole group lessons before moving them to math workstations.

Students can sort small foam shape pieces in a have and have not sort. Clipart and magazine pictures could be used instead of foam pieces. Students will need the shape sort sheet, glue, and pieces for sorting.
 Here are the sort sheets for download.

Circle SortRectangles SortSquare Sort
Triangles Sort

Have students create a page for a shape class book. Provide students with a few picture books about shapes, die cut shapes, glue, and extra pieces of construction paper. The students created patterns around their white square first. Then they added their shapes to make a picture.
 Have students use sorting circles to sort attribute blocks, shape manipulatives, die cut shapes, or pictures of shapes. Have them sort shapes by their attributes. Have them do have and have not sorts.
Shape Sort                                                                                                   
Here are some signs for have and have not sorts based on attributes. 
Shape Have Have Not Signs

Have students sort dry crackers, cereal, and snacks in a snack shape sort. Place pre-made small zip-loc bags of mixed snacks in the station. Students choose a bag of snacks and a sorting mat. Students sort their snack, tell their partner the attributes they used for sorting, and then eat their snack. Students can draw a picture and record their sort if time permits.

Possible snack items for sorting: (circle) Fruit loops,Cheerios, dried bananas,Ritz crackers, mini-cookies, Cookie Crisp
(square) Triscuits, Cheez-its, Chex cereal, etc.
(rectangle) graham crackers, Club crackers, granola bars (cut them into smaller pieces)
(triangle) Bugles, Doritos, triangular shaped crackers


Kreative in Kinder said...

Love this post! Thanks for all of the great ideas.

<>< Crystal
Kreative in Kinder

Sarah said...

Very Cool!! Love the picture sort of real life pictures. Our take on that is hunting for real life examples of the items and then sorting them into a digital book! FUN!

Thanks for sharing!!
Sarah Hetrick

Busy Bees said...

We are doing an edible activity similar to this next week. We are doing both 2-D and 3-D shapes. I will let you know how it goes!!

Crayons and Curls said...

You are so creative! Love these ideas! Thank you for sharing! :)
Crayons and Curls