As stated in Friday's post, we've been learning about geometric solids in math. To begin the lesson, I taught the class about the six basic geometric solids - cones, cylinders, cubes, rectangular prisms, pyramids and spheres. After learning the characteristics of each shape, we went on a quick "Geometric Solids Scavenger Hunt" in the classroom to find examples of each type of solid.
My students have spent a lot of free time visiting the museum and looking at all of the different examples. I want them to understand that math is not simply done with a pencil and paper. The concepts they are learning in math can and will be used in their everyday life. Geometric solids are not just the wooden shapes we learn about in math. We find them around the classroom, in our houses and inside the places where we shop.
Some of my students insisted that we needed to display "Do Not Touch" and "No Flash Photography" signs like the real museums. I gave them some scrap paper and they created these signs to hang up. Shhhh!! Don't tell them I took pictures and broke one of the rules!