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.
Circle SortRectangles SortSquare 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.
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
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