SHAPE UP
by Rob Schwindt

SUBJECT:
Geometry

TOPIC:
2-Dimensional Shapes


Rob Schwindt
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SUBJECT: Geometry

TOPIC: Facts (parallelism, angle measures, etc.) about various basic 2-dimensional shapes.

TITLE: Shape Up

INTERACTIVITY: To "operate" my bulletin board the students will move their "character" around the board, remove question cards at specific locations, and answer the corresponding questions on their worksheet.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Select a clothespin character.
  2. Move your character to Station #1 and take the front card out of the pocket.
  3. Turn the card over and read the question.
  4. On the worksheet on the back of this paper, in the Station #1 area, write down the question number (Ex: 1-3) and your answer.
  5. Return your question card to the back of the pocket and move to the next station.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for Stations #2 and #3.
  7. You can now choose to return to the Start/Finish or go to the Bonus Station for a more challenging question.
  8. At the Bonus Station repeat steps 2-5, then return to Start/Finish.
  9. Turn your worksheet in for extra credit points on the next quiz.

TIME: I think students should be able to complete the activity in 5-10 minutes.

SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION: The background is cloth with the question pockets and pathway made of heavy felt. These were sewn onto the background to make it stronger and also easier to put up. The characters were put on clothespins to make them a little easier to handle, to prolong their use, and so they would work with the magnets on the individual station pockets.

OTHER COMMENTS: This board serves as a good review of some basic facts of geometric shapes, with the questions becoming more difficult as the student moves along the fitness trail. This board could be used repeatedly by simply changing the questions to correspond with the most recently completed section. I have included several questions in each section so all students don’t get the same questions, and by having them simply write down the question number I know which one they are answering.

This board could be easily adapted into a game for more than 1 student to play by simply including "steps" along the path, a die to roll, and the answers to the questions on the cards (I realized this after construction was completed).

Rob Schwindt
10/3/03