I learned about this magnificent idea last year at one of our MACRO trainings (Click here for more info on MACRO!).
*3d shapes and/or 2-dimensional and
3-dimensional chart like the one displayed below.
Typically, I allow my students to explore the materials for a good 10 minutes and challenge them to create any of the shapes on the chart using the materials provided. Students usually, figure out how to create a 2 dimensional shape within that time period. After exploration, we regroup and students show and explain how they created their shape. I then explain that by sticking a twist tie partially in a stir straw will lead into creating 3 dimensional shapes. Take a look at the step-by-step visual below.
At this point my little guys and gals are FALLING off their chairs excited to give it another try.
This activity eventually gets turned into a math center that EVERYONE wants to be at. This is also a great way for students to learn shape vocabulary. So give it a try, your students will have an entire different experience with 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.
In other news, I am on Fall Break! I have totally been looking forward to the down time. I will be posting some freebies and new products during my two weeks off so be on the lookout! :]