When it comes to teaching shapes, we can give students various opportunities to learn about the different forms. Learning to identify the different shapes and understand their parts, are important concepts. Each day children are exposed to shapes all around them. They see and interact with them everywhere in their daily environment. Children need to be able to recognize shapes, articulate what they see, and understand their functions.
Shape Bingo game for grades 3 to 5
An interesting way to do this for both 2D and 3D shapes is to play Shape Bingo. This is a fun and interesting game for children of grades 3 to 5 to play.
Shape Bingo makes learning shapes fun and easy to pair the names with the respective shapes. The game can be played with up to 18 players.
Materials you need:
- Pencil / Colours
- Game Cards
- Game Board
Rules of the game:
- The announcer will shuffle the game cards.
- He/she will call out the shape which is written on each card, one at a time.
- Players who have the shape on their game board cut it with colour or pencil.
- The first player to cut out all the shapes (3 x 3 grid) on the card shouts Bingo and will be the winner.
This game provides confidence and deep concept knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes. Learners can identify the shapes on the basis of their properties.
Such games help learners become more confident, engaged, innovative, reflective and responsible. The idea behind such an activity is for children to see a shape and make a connection.
When they look at the wheel of a car, we want them to identify that image as a circle, and process that it is a shape they have learned to label. When they look at a cracker, we want them to process that it is a square, since it has four equal sides. Eventually, the purpose is for children to distinguish between shapes and the formal definitions of shapes.
As teachers, we should have and encourage conversations about shapes with students. Children should feel free to share in class some of the shapes they may have noticed in their environment, or on their way to school! Through this activity and other such games, we can help our children develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills.
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