TEACHING AND LEARNING GEOMETRIC SOLIDS LESSON PLAN - WORKSHEET  BEGINNING MATH SHAPES PICTURE COMPARE - 4TH GRADE - 5TH GRADE - 6TH GRADE - FREE ELEMENTARY LESSON click to go to worksheet

Lesson plan and worksheet on geometric solids, geometric shapes.

Objectives:
Students will:
 Use appropriate geometric vocabulary to describe properties and attributes of two- and three- dimensional figures.
 Examine, recognize, name and explore the properties of geometric solids.
 Identify geometric solids in the world around them.

Vocabulary:
Geometry, Solid, Sphere, Cylinder, Cone, Cube, Rectangular Prism, Triangular Prism

Materials Needed:
 Sets of wooden geometric solids
 Physical models of a cube, cone, sphere, cylinder, rectangular prism, and triangular prism
 Venn Diagram Worksheet (see below).

Activity:
1. In pre arranged cooperative groups, let students handle, examine and discuss the physical characteristics of the wooden geometric solids.

2. Each group will cooperatively create a Venn Diagram based on the geometric solids in front of them. Then they will be shared with the class. This will be used to compare and contrast the solids.

3. As a class, generate a list of characteristics for each solid. Record the information on a chart. (Ex: Which ones roll? Which have corners, sides and bases?)

4. Teacher will then display some physical models of geometric solids to the class that are seen in the world around us on a daily basis. Students will identify the names of the geometric solids. The teacher will then put large name labels on the solid.

Assessment:
The students will bring in examples, draw or glue a picture and label two of each type of geometric solid examples. They must be prepared to state where this solid can be found in the real world.

Teaching Notes:

In this lesson students will be able to use appropriate geometric vocabulary to describe properties and attributes of two and three dimensional figures. They will also be able to recognize, name and explore the properties of geometric solids. Finally, students will identify geometric solids in the world around them.

It is very important to use a variety of supplementary materials while teaching new material to students in order to make the concepts comprehensible. While teaching the activity, I would use hands-on manipulatives, realia, pictures and visuals while teaching. These teaching aids will assist all learners, especially ESL and ESE students, in comprehending the materials.

First, wooden geometric solids would be hands-on manipulatives for students to use. Hands-on learning helps all learners relate to the new information better. Realia, real life objects, should be brought in to demonstrate to students that items in your house or that you see daily are considered geometric solids too. They have the similar attributes. Pictures of various real-life buildings and items can be showed to the class of where these geometric solids are seen daily. Lastly, while listing all of the physical characteristics of each solid, we would make a detailed, visual chart as a class. This will provide a better understanding when processing these concepts.

Overall, teachers must support every type of learner in their class. There is a diversity of learners in each class and each learner has a different type of learning style. Some, perhaps, may not even know the English language. Making information comprehensible to all students is crucial and all teachers should implement supplementary materials in their daily lessons.

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