Lesson 14

Compose with Solid Shapes

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to compose solid shapes to build new shapes.

Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students described and built solid shapes from components. They used positional words to describe the relative location of shapes. In this lesson, students use solid shapes to compose shapes. Students may notice attributes of solid shapes in the context of building such as that a sphere is round and rolls. The focus is on listening to the language that students use to describe the shapes that they put together and their relative location (MP6).
  • Engagement
  • MLR2

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Compose solid shapes to build new shapes.

Student Facing

  • Let’s build with solid shapes.

Required Materials

Required Preparation

Activity 2:

  • Create a building with 6–8 solid shapes to display and have a way to hide it from students’ view.

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from: 
    • Build Shapes, Stages 1-3
    • Geoblocks, Stages 1-4
    • Counting Collections, Stage 1
    • Shake and Spill, Stages 1-4

CCSS Standards

Addressing

Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 10 min
Activity 2 10 min
Activity 3 25 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

How did students use positional words to describe what they built during this lesson?

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