Classify matter by physical properties, including shape, relative mass, relative temperature, texture, flexibility, and whether material is a solid or liquid.
The student knows that matter has physical properties and those properties determine how it is described, classified, changed, and used.
Young Children’s Ideas About Geometric Shapes: Douglas H. Clements and Julie Sarama (PDF) - Recognizing shapes is a fundamental math and science skill. This article explains how and why children learn to identify and distinguish among different shapes.
Practice Geometry with Shape Riddles: Education.com (website) - Students work in pairs, with one giving clues to describe the properties of a shape while the other attempts to guess the name of the shape.
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- Additional Resources
Ship Shape: Utah Education Network (website) - Students create geometric figures after describing and classifying various shapes.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
2nd Grade Geometry Lesson Plan-Shapes: Juab School District (website) - Students describe and classify plane and solid geometric figures based on the number of sides and angles or faces, edges, and vertices.
Provide students with a variety of common items (cereal box, baseball, etc.) and each student to describe the shape of each object, using specialized “shape” vocabulary (rectangle, cylinder, etc.) from the Signature Lesson.
I See Shapes. Fries, M. (ISBN-13: 978-0916119867)
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. Dr. Seuss (ISBN-13: 978-0394826875)
Circles, Triangles, and Squares. Hoban, T. (ISBN-13: 978-0027448306)
Arrow to the Sun. McDermott, G. (ISBN-13: 978-0140502114)
Grandfather Tang’s Story. Tompert, A. (ISBN-13: 978-0517885581)
Math Magic Shape and Pattern. Clemson, W. (ISBN-13: 978-1854348760)
Round is a Mooncake. Thong, R. (ISBN-13: 978-0811826761)
The Silly Story of Goldie Locks and the Three Squares. Maccarone, G. (ISBN-13: 978-0590543446)
Venn Diagram Shape Sorter: Interactivate (website) - Students work independently in class or at home to sort shapes in this interactive Venn diagram.