**MathScape Project:**
*String Shapes & Shaping Up*
**Content Strand: **
Geometry
**Teacher:**
**Retella Jones**
**School:**
Rogers-Herr Middle School
Durham, NC
Grade 6
**Project Director:**
**Susan Jannsen**
**40 minutes**
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String Shapes & Shaping Up The
MathScape curriculum empowers middle school children with the use of manipulatives,
hands-on activities, and investigations that push kids beyond identification
of geometric shapes to thinking critically about their geometric properties
and relationships amongst those properties. In this lesson, students are
beginning to explore the properties of sides and angles in quadrilaterals.
In the first activity, they are given clues that describe properties of
geometric shapes. Working together in small groups, they use a loop of
ribbon pulled tight to create different shapes. They adjust the sides
and angles of the ribbon shape to form figures that match the properties
in their clue. Students then partner up to play the Side-Angle Game, which
is played with 2 stacks of cards - one consists of clues about sides,
the other gives clues about angles. Players pick a card from each stack
and put the clues together to draw shapes that meet both properties. Then
it's back to group-work with ribbons in the Animated Shape Game. Here
students standing in groups of four each hold a point in the ribbon to
form a shape. They are given a clue as to the properties of another shape
they are to make and must decide who is going to move where to make that
shape. The lesson demonstrates students exploring options, questioning
themselves and others, and communicating their strategies with mathematical
vocabulary. |