Lesson 12

More than One Way to Make a Shape

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to put together shapes in multiple ways to form larger shapes.

Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students filled in puzzles using pattern blocks. In this lesson, students notice that there are multiple ways to put together pattern blocks to make a shape as they fill in more complex puzzles. They begin by filling up a pattern block puzzle that doesn’t show the individual shapes, which requires changing the orientation of shapes. Then they create the same shapes using different pattern blocks. Students should have access to pattern blocks throughout the lesson, including during the lesson synthesis.
  • Engagement
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Put shapes together in multiple ways to form larger shapes.

Student Facing

  • Let’s figure out how many different ways we can make a shape.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Pattern Blocks Stage 5 Mat
  • Pattern Blocks Stage 5 Recording Sheet

Required Preparation

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from:
    • Geoblocks, Stages 1 and 2
    • Build Shapes, Stages 1 and 2
    • Pattern Blocks, Stages 1-5
    • Less, Same, More, Stages 1-4

CCSS Standards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 10 min
Activity 2 10 min
Activity 3 20 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What do you love most about math? How are you sharing that joy with your students and encouraging them to think about what they love about math?

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