T4T Does It Roll, Slide, or Both?

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  1. Have students to sit in a circle on the floor with the sorting circles in the middle of the circle.

  2. Hold up a 3-d shape and have students to identify shape.  Have students to participate in a Think-Pair-Share to discuss the different attributes of the shape (color, number of sides, round, flat, etc.). 

  3. After allowing each pair of students to share, introduce the attributes of rolling and sliding. 

  4. Hold up the sentence strips one at a time and discuss the meaning of each word. Place one   sentence strip in each circle.

  5. Have the students to tell their partner which circle they predict the modeled shape will go    in. 

  6. Demonstrate the attributes of the modeled shape by either rolling or sliding the shape.

  7. Ask students which circle the shape belongs in.  Place the shape in the circle.

  8. Have each student to reach in the box without looking and take a shape.  When all of the students have a shape, go around the circle and have students identify the name of their shape.

  9. Working with a partner, have students to discuss all of the attributes of their shape.

  10. Before discussing whether the shape will roll or slide, have them to tell their partner if they think their shape will roll, slide, or do both.

  11. After giving each pair of students time to discuss the attributes of their shapes, go around the circle and have students tell (and demonstrate) whether their shape will roll, slide, or both.  After demonstrating, have them to place the shape in the correct circle.

  12. When all of the students have placed their shapes in the circles, talk about the group of shapes in each circle – see suggestions for probing questions below.

  13. To close the lesson, have students to get into groups of four.  Have students in each group   to number off 1-4.  1’s should explain which group the cylinders all belong to and be able to tell why, 2’s discuss the cones, 3’s the cubes, and 4’s the spheres.



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