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This Small House [electronic resource]

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Second- and third-graders use calculators, paper and pencil, and mental math within a realistic task. Students plan the decorating of their milk carton houses using spatial sense to select appropriate furnishings while staying within their allocated budget. Covers the following NCTM standards: whole number computation, geometry and spacial sense, connections, and communication.
Online
1997
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Thanksgiving Quilt [electronic resource]

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Creating quilt squares from construction paper, first graders develop spatial sense as they discuss and handle different shapes. They connect geometric ideas to number ideas as they cut squares into congruent triangles. NCTM standards: geometry and spatial sense, patterns and relationships, communication, and connections.
Online
1997
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Pattern Blocks [electronic resource]

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Second-graders learn the mathematical terms for pattern-block pieces: hexagon, trapezoid, square, triangle, and rhombus. Ideas about fractions emerge as students spot size relationships between shapes. Covers the following NCTM standards: geometry and spatial sense, number sense and numeration, reasoning, and connections.
Online
1997
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Shapes From Squares [electronic resource]

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A second/third-grade class develops spatial sense as they subdivide and change squares to create different shapes. The language of geometry grows naturally from their explorations. Covers the following NCTM standards: geometry and spatial sense, communication, and reasoning.
Online
1997
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A Rocket Shape [electronic resource]

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Second- and third-graders experiment to subdivide a square to create a rocket shape. After completing their rockets, they reconvene as a class to discuss their difficulties and problem solving strategies. Covers the following NCTM standards: geometry and spatial sense, measurement, problem solving, and reasoning.
Online
1997
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Circumference/Diameter [electronic resource]

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After reviewing the meaning of radius, diameter, center, and circumference, fourth-graders working in teams measure circular objects throughout the room. They are then challenged to find the relationship between the circumference and the diameter. Covers the following NCTM standards: geometry and spatial sense, measurement, connections, and reasoning.
Online
1997
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Fractions With Geoboards [electronic resource]

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Fourth- and fifth-graders investigate the concept of halves using the geoboard as an area model. They learn that one-half means two equal-sized parts with equal areas, but that are not necessarily congruent. Covers the following NCTM standards: fractions and decimals, geometry and spatial sense, reasoning, and problem solving.
Online
1997