1. Have students review important instructional vocabulary words
at: http://amathsdictionaryforkids.com/ (An animated
dictionary that explains over 400 math terms. Included are
interactive activities, practice, and calculators.) Words to
include: property, polygon, quadrilateral, and parallelogram.
2. Read Shape Up! Fun With Triangles and
Other Polygons by David A. Adler, Illustrated by Nancy
1. Read The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns.
Compare and contrast the two different books. See if students can
identify that although the topic of both books were shapes, one
book was fiction and the other was nonfiction.
2. Place students in pairs, making sure that
more advanced students are paired with your at-risk ones.
3. Distribute to each pair, a worksheet and one
of the following shapes from a pattern block set: a triangle,
square, rhombus, trapezoid, and hexagon.
4. Give students approximately one half hour to
complete the worksheet. Circulate the room to make sure pairs are
tracing the shapes, and answering the worksheet in complete