Beacon Lesson Plan Library
Geo Jammin' - Day 3, Lesson 8: Copy Cat
Bay District Schools
Students are taught the technology skills of copy and paste as geometric language is introduced. Skills are developed and used to create a computer-generated page defining attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes using the new vocabulary.
The student uses basic computer skills for writing, such as basic word-processing techniques such as keying words, copying, cutting, and pasting; using e-mail; and accessing and using basic educational software for writing.
The student uses volume, phrasing, and intonation appropriate for different situations (for example, large or small group settings, sharing oral stories, dramatic activities).
The student speaks for different purposes (for example, informing, entertaining, expressing ideas).
The student describes attributes of two-dimensional shapes using mathematical language (for example, curves, edges, vertices, angles).
The student describes attributes of three-dimensional shapes using mathematical language (for example, curves, vertices, edges, faces, angles).
The student sorts two- and three-dimensional figures according to their attributes.
The student knows the names of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures presented in various orientations in the environment.
-Computer hooked up to a television monitor
-The Website bookmarked on the computer
-Copy Cat Shape Gallery template, minimized on the screen (See Associated File for how to make the template)
-Three-dimensional manipulatives (cube, rectangular solid, cylinder, pyramid) for each student
-Two-dimensional manipulatives printed and cut along dividing lines into individual sections for each student (See Associated File)
-New math vocabulary written on individual sentence strip (edge, face, surface, vertices)
-Parent or classroom aid who knows how to copy and paste and is available during the unit
-Computer work area where the parent or aide can work with and assist students
-Student schedule for computer work times
-Poster listing steps for copying and pasting displayed in computer work area (See Associated File)
-Student Web Lesson, Geo Cleo and the Shape Caper, bookmarked on a computer
-An Assessment Management Tool for each student (See Associated Files in the Unit Plan)
1. Hook up computer to television monitor and printer. Check to be sure all are in working order.
2. Bookmark the Webmath site and have it up on the screen.
3. Familiarize yourself with the copy and paste process from this site and with the location of the pictures to be used.
4. Download the Copy Cat Shape Gallery template. (See Associated File for directions) Have a copy of the template open and minimized before the lesson begins.
5. Save a copy of the template in each student’s name so that each child will have the template to work in.
6. Write new vocabulary on sentence strip (edge, surface, face, vertices)
7. Secure a parent or aid to help with students’ copy and paste activity for the duration of the unit.
8. Make a schedule whereby all students will have time for one-on-one or small-group assistance over the course of the unit. The Copy Cat Shape Gallery document is one of the summative assessments students will receive a grade on. Students should be given as much opportunity for success as possible. They should not receive a grade for their practice work. Once a child has successfully completed the Copy Cat Shape Gallery document it should be turned in as a summative assessment for a grade.
9. Prepare a computer work area where the helper will work with students on computers.
10. Create a poster listing the steps for copying and pasting for display in the computer area. (See Associated File for steps)
11. Use the Assessment Management Tool to record student formative assessment results. (See Associated Files in the Unit Plan)
12. Associated File contains:
Copy Cat Shape Gallery KEY
Copy Cat Shape Gallery (student page)
Copy Cat Template in 8 easy steps
Be a Copy Cat in 8 easy steps (student directions)
Two-dimensional Student Manipulatives
Copy Cat Template in 8 easy steps (MAC Directions)
NOTE: Copy and paste instructions are for Windows computers. (See Associated File for MAC instructions)
1. Put on a bit of a puppet show for the class. Stage a monologue by Geo George. He expresses to students how well they are learning attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures, and that he has found a math Website that he would like to share with them.
2. As the monologue proceeds, interrupt by mimicking what he says. Geo George explains if he does too much keyboarding his nose caves in and he asks the teacher for assistance with taking the children on an exploration of the Website.
3. The mimicking continues. First time, Geo George may say you are interrupting, second time, he may say it is not polite to interrupt, finally he calls you a “Copy Cat.”
4. Dialogue back to Geo George, that you were mimicking or copying him because that is exactly what you want the students to do. You and Geo George are to teach students how to copy and paste. Copy pictures from the Website to the Copy Cat Shape Gallery document. Puppet exits as teacher begins to teach the process of copy and paste.
5. On the television screen display the Webmath page. Teach students to scroll down the page. Explain that a grouping of pictures is called a gallery. On the web, pictures are called clip art. Ask students if they can locate the clip art gallery that Webmath offers. (It is located in the left-hand column of the page.)
6. Left click on “Clip Art Gallery.” Students decide which category to click on next (Math). Left click on “Math.” Scroll through to view and enjoy the drawings. Teach to click “More Images” button at the bottom of the screen to view more pictures.
7. Explain that any of these pictures can be copied and pasted onto a sheet of paper on the screen, and then printed out. Pull up from the bottom of the screen the prepared Word document template students will use to create their own Copy Cat Shape Gallery page.
8. Demonstrate steps for copying and pasting. Formative assessment occurs as students are actively engaged in creating the class page by:
-Correctly selecting and matching two- and three- dimensional pictures to place on the document
-Orally explaining why each is two- or three-dimensional (Naming attributes)
-Giving correct name of the shape.
-Demonstrating quality speaking skills .
*For example: Toggle back and forth between the Webmath site and the Word document. Pull up the Website. Right click on the chalkboard. Call on a student to name the shape and explain, by attribute, if this is a two- or three-dimensional shape. (Student should respond by saying, “It is a square and it is a two-dimensional shape because it can be measured in only two directions. We can measure the length and height.”) Find the word “Copy” and left click on the word. Toggle back to the template. Left click inside the textbox you have placed on the page. Right click to find the word “Paste.” Left click on “Paste” and the chalkboard will appear. Toggle back to the Webmath clip art gallery.
9. Demonstrate again, saying the process aloud as you copy and paste the matching picture from the Webmath site. Call on a student to select the matching picture. Ask them to name and explain, by attribute, if this shape is two- or three-dimensional. (For example, “This is a cube. It is a three-dimensional shape because it can be measured in three directions. We can measure the length, height, and depth.”)
10. As the copy and paste demonstration proceeds, students raise their right hand as if using a mouse. Say “left click,” students lean their hand to the left, say “right click,” they will sway their hand to the right. Formatively assess student knowledge of left and right clicking.
11. Paste the square and cube onto the template. Challenge students to closely exam the matched pair. Hand out to each student a small sheet of paper with a square printed on it (See Associated File) and a cube math manipulative. Give exploration time for students to observe and compare. Ask for what differences they see between the two figures besides being able to measure one of them in two directions and the other in three directions.
12. Formatively assess student knowledge of two- and three-dimensional attributes by listening for correct comparisons and observations.
a. The square has only one surface. (Add the word surface to the Math Mouth word board.)
b. The cube has many surfaces. (Explain that on a three-dimensional figure these are faces. Add the word face to the Math Mouth word board.)
Continue on with leading questions until students notice and talk about:
c. How many more sides the cube has. (Explain that on a three-dimensional figure these are called edges. Add the word edge to the Math Mouth word board.)
d. How many more vertices and angles a three-dimensional figure has. (Add vertices to the word board. Side, vertex, and angle are already posted on the Math Mouth word board.)
13. Demonstrate copy and paste a third time following the same procedure as in the example above. Students match, define, and name shapes.
14. Call on students to share aloud each step to copy and paste a picture from the Website to the template. All students should pretend they have a mouse at their seats and do the right and left clicking with you as you demonstrate.
15. Continue the procedure for creating the Copy Cat Shape Gallery word document. Each time a two- and three-dimensional pair of figures is matched, follow steps 11 and 12.
*TIP: The Webmath site does not have a triangle to copy. To find a triangle to match the pyramid click the down arrow where it says “More clip art,” click on “Health and Safety,” and scroll down the page. At the bottom is a food chart in the shape of a triangle. Copy and paste it using the same procedures.
16. Once all pictures have been pasted onto the template, print out a copy of the Copy Cat Shape Gallery document. Explain to students each of them must create a Copy Cat Shape Gallery as a summative assessment. Each will have scheduled time with the aid.
*See Extension Activity #3 for a suggestion on how to give students practice time for writing the paragraph for two- and three-dimensional shapes needed to complete the Copy Cat Summative Assessment.
NOTE: The Student Web Lesson, Geo Cleo and the Shape Caper - the student describes attributes of three-dimensional shapes using mathematical language (for example, curves, edges, vertices, faces, angles). For optimal student learning and review with this online, interactive student lesson, make available the following three-dimensional shapes for student manipulation: a cube, a rectangular solid, a cylinder, and a square pyramid. Geo Cleo and the Shape Caper can be used as a review with the entire class, as a cooperative learning activity at a learning center in the classroom, and/or as an independent review the child can do at home. Also, it is a wonderful aid for parents who want to understand the content language this standard expects their children to learn.
The standards addressed will be formatively assessed as students participate in the creation of the class sample of the Copy Cat Shape Gallery document. Students’ responses will show an increase in recognition and understanding of two- and three-dimensional attributes through accurate use of new vocabulary introduced early in the lesson. Further formative assessment occurs as students work independently to produce their own Copy Cat Shape Gallery document. The teacher or helper gives corrective and affirmative feedback throughout the learning process and uses performance data to drive further instruction.
The standards addressed are summatively assessed when each student has completed a Copy Cat Shape Gallery document of their own, demonstrating copy and paste skills and correctly describing attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures presented on the page using correct mathematical language.
1. You may want to make a jingle out of the steps for the copy and paste process. For example, make a snappy rhyme.
Right click picture
Left click “Copy” (say the word Copy louder)
P-u-l-l-l-l Up the document
Left click textbox
Right click again
Left click “Paste” (say the word Paste louder)
Send d-o-w-n the document
Do it all again!
2. It would be wonderful if you could round up enough “mice” so that each child could have a mouse at their desk to simulate the process with while this lesson is being taught. Just let the cord dangle and have them left and right click as they participate in the demonstrations. If not, you could make a paper mouse for each student to use for practice.
3. Once students have successfully completed the copy and paste activity, and have printed out their Copy Cat Shape Gallery document, they will need to have time to work on writing the information to match their pictures. Remember, the Copy Cat Shape Gallery document is a summative assessment, so you do not want them writing directly on it until they have been given practice time in creating paragraphs to describe two- and three-dimensional attributes. Students will become more proficient at this as they experience each lesson that follows. You can easily accommodate this need for practice and application of learning, by setting up a learning center where students will work on their Copy Cat Shape Gallery paragraphs. Students can utilize this learning center during small-group Guided Reading time when they are not in a guided-reading activity. Students should have their paragraphs read by you, and once they are approved, then students can enter them onto the summative document and turn it in for a grade.
4. Copy and Paste instructions are for use with IBM and MAC computers is included in the Associated File.
5. If it is not possible, due to aid time or insufficient computer time to have each student use the computer to generate the summative assessment, there is an alternative. You can print the full pictorial pages from the site, make copies to distribute to each child, and have them complete the activity as a scissor cut and paste activity.
6. Lessons may reflect modifications of, but are designed in conjunction with the Reading Framework approach to classroom instruction and may be adapted to the Four Block Classroom.
7. This is Lesson 8 – Copy Cat; a Working With Words lesson
Lessons 1 – 3 are for Day 1 of the unit Geo Jammin’
Lessons 4 – 7 are for Day 2 of the unit Geo Jammin’
Lessons 8 – 11 are for Day 3 of the unit Geo Jammin’
Lessons 12 – 15 are for Day 4 of the unit Geo Jammin’
Lessons 16 – 19 are for Day 5 of the unit Geo Jammin’
Lesson 20 is for Day 6 of the unit Geo Jammin’
Lesson 21 is for Day 7 of the unit Geo Jammin’
8. The Beacon Unit Plan associated with this lesson can be viewed by clicking on the link located at the top of this page or by using the following URL: http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/search/details.asp?item=2959. Once you select the unit’s link, scroll to the bottom of the unit plan page to find the section, “Associated Files.” This section contains links to the Unit Plan Overview, Diagnostic and Summative Assessments, and other associated files (if any).
9. Check the Geo Jammin’ Glossary for word definitions. The glossary is located in the Associated File of Lesson 2, Math Mouth.
10. The Facts Please, Mr. Mumble is an interactive Student Web Lesson that addresses the standard: the student describes attributes of two-dimensional shapes using mathematical language (for example, curves, edges, vertices, angles). Students should visit the lesson regularly for optimal practice in describing two-dimensional attributes. The Facts Please, Mr. Mumble can be visited by clicking the link in the Weblinks section of this lesson plan or by using the following URL: http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/search/details.asp?item=3161
11. Geo Cleo and the Shape Caper is an interactive Student Web Lesson that addresses the standard: the student describes attributes of three-dimensional shapes using mathematical language (for example, curves, vertices, edges, faces, angles). Students should visit the lesson regularly for optimal practice in describing three-dimensional attributes. Geo Cleo and the Shape Caper can be visited by clicking the link in the Weblinks section of this lesson plan or by using the following URL: http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/search/details.asp?item=3160
12. Ask the ESE teacher for further modifications with regards to students needing extra assistance and/or learning strategies.
Web supplement for Day 3, Lesson 8 – Copy CatDiscovery Schools Webmath
This is an interactive Student Web Lesson that addresses the standard: the student describes attributes of two-dimensional shapes using mathematical language (for example, curves, edges, vertices, angles).The Facts Please, Mr. Mumble
This is an interactive Student Web Lesson that addresses the standard: the student describes attributes of three-dimensional shapes using mathematical language (for example, curves, vertices, edges, faces, angles).Geo Cleo and the Shape Caper