The purpose of this lesson is for students to ask and answer mathematical questions about shapes composed of pattern blocks.
In previous lessons, students have answered “how many” questions and comparison questions about shapes composed of pattern blocks. In this lesson, students create a shape out of pattern blocks and brainstorm questions that they could ask about other students’ shapes. Students create and solve story problems about shapes made out of pattern blocks (MP2, MP4).
- Tell and solve addition or subtraction story problems involving shapes.
- Let’s ask questions about shapes.
- Gather materials from:
- Geoblocks, Stages 1 and 2
- Grab and Count, Stage 1
- Find the Pair, Stages 1 and 2
|Activity 1||15 min|
|Activity 2||15 min|
|Activity 3||15 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||5 min|
Teacher Reflection Questions
Students shared their thinking multiple times in this lesson. What have you noticed about the language students use? What support can you offer to students who struggle to communicate their ideas orally?