Lesson 5

Explore Math Tools

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to explore math tools.

Lesson Narrative

Students learn new stages of the Connecting Cubes and Pattern Blocks centers. Then students choose between the centers that have been previously introduced and may rotate between centers. This is an opportunity to set up structures for students to move between centers.

Math Community

Students reflect on the math community poster they have been adding to all week and work to create norms for the classroom.

  • Engagement
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Explore and use math tools.
  • Listen to their partner’s mathematical ideas.

Student Facing

  • Let’s explore our math tools.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Connecting Cubes Stage 2 Cards
  • Pattern Blocks Stage 2 Mat

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2.

Activity 3:

  • Gather Materials from: 
    • Pattern Blocks, Stage 1 and Stage 2
    • Connecting Cubes, Stage 1 and Stage 2
    • Geoblocks, Stage 1 and Stage 2 

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 10 min
Activity 2 15 min
Activity 3 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

Reflect on how comfortable your students are asking questions of you and of each other. What can you do to encourage students to ask questions?

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