Lesson 3

Questions and Stories About Shapes

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to ask and answer mathematical questions about shapes composed of pattern blocks.

Lesson Narrative

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).
  • Engagement
  • MLR7

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Tell and solve addition or subtraction story problems involving shapes.

Student Facing

  • Let’s ask questions about shapes.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Pattern Blocks Stage 7 Recording Sheet

Required Preparation

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from: 
    • Geoblocks, Stages 1 and 2
    • Grab and Count, Stage 1
    • Find the Pair, Stages 1 and 2

CCSS Standards


Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 15 min
Activity 2 15 min
Activity 3 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 5 min
Cool-down 0 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?

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