Right before our Christmas break, ALuv finished up a unit on 3-D shapes. I wanted to share some of the simple ways we integrated literacy into our unit.
A 3-D Shape Hunt
I read each of the 3-D names to him and we matched up each shape. I was disappointed that the set I bought at the store didn’t have any spheres, but we made do with a bouncy ball. The number one rule of anything: be flexible.
I found some free printable 3-D shapes online, cut them out & ALuv glued them down.
Can You Make a Tower With…
What Shape is my Face?
This one was another very simple way to integrate some reading.
3-D Shapes: How They Move
This was one of my favorite lessons because it integrated math, science, reading, and logic/comprehension. He sorted the shapes Venn-Diagram style (with hoola hoops).
First, by SLIDES or ROLLS
Then by STACKS or WILL NOT STACK
I thought it interesting that he put the pyramids, cones, and cylinders in the middle overlapping space (both will and will not stack). He explained that the pyramids and cones will stack, but only if they’re placed on the top of a tower. The cylinders will stack on top of each other when their faces are stacked together, but if you lay them on their side, they won’t stack. Sounded logical.
Making 3-D Shapes
One of the last activities we did with 3-D shapes was building them. The medium: toothpicks, marshmallows & play-doh. What a combination! He was faced with the questions: Which shapes can you make with marshmallows & toothpicks? & Which shapes can you make best with play dough?
After making his creations…
…he sorted the 3-D shapes based on the two questions and we discussed WHY we weren’t able to make all the shapes with the marshmallows and toothpicks (another way to integrate some comprehension into the lesson). I think his favorite part of the lesson was eating all the marshmallows! Okay, it was mine, too.
Although I didn’t read any books that pertained to 3-D shapes with our unit, this one looks good. Really, any of the MathStart books are great to integrate some reading into math. I have several of them.
Integrating literacy into other content areas is such a simple tool to cover multiple objectives and create a lesson that reaches the child at many different levels.
Thank you for joining This Reading Mama on a literacy journey!