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Geo Jammin'

Katie Koehnemann
Beacon Learning Center (Bay District Schools)


Turn a classroom nuisance into a delightful geometry unit assessment tool! With puppetry, poems, and geoboards, students move from understanding basic shapes to sorting, describing, identifying, and demonstrating attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures. The unit is designed to include multiple intelligence and differentiated learning style activities, including music and theatre. The neat little geometrically folded Chatter Box that kids so often make in class is used as an assessment instrument by becoming a puppet who will perform a short, jazzy, student-generated script explaining how it went from a flat two-dimensional figure to the stylish three-dimensional shape it is now. This integrated unit is presented in Reading Block Framework design. Integrated lessons for each day include Math, Working With Words, Writing, Shared Reading, and Literacy Link (the home connection), with suggestions for Guided Reading and Self-Selected Reading.


The planned duration of this activity is 7 days.

Lesson Plans

Day 1, Lesson 1 - Gee Quiz!
Geo George, the geometric puppet, introduces the unit to students. The children are drawn into a conversation with George to check for prior knowledge about shapes. Once relaxed and warmed-up, the class participates in taking the diagnostic assessment.

Day 1, Lesson 2 - Math Mouth!
Ready for the challenge, Geo George has a wonderful game for teaching children the difficult and unusual mathematically correct vocabulary words encountered on the diagnostic assessment. The game develops student understanding of these difficult terms.

Day 1, Lesson 3 - Math Moments on My Mind
Students begin a Math Moments journal in which they freely write about the day’s math immersion, recording personal thoughts about what they learned, something they are wondering about, a response to a lead question, and/or a letter to Geo George.

Day 2, Lesson 4 - Sing a Song of Shapes
Students learn five songs to define and develop understanding of the attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures and the meaning of mathematical terms. Through use of the attribute songs, students classify objects as either two- or three-dimensional.

Day 2, Lesson 5 - Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo
Working in groups of four, students utilize song lyrics, past knowledge, correct mathematical language, and speaking skills, to name, categorize, and describe various two- and three-dimensional shapes and objects.

Day 2, Lesson 6 - Rhyme and Reason
Practicing purposeful listening during this Shared Reading component, students experience mathematical language as it is enjoyed in the rhyme and reason of poetry.

Day 2, Lesson 7 - Roll, Roll, Unroll the Scroll
Entry in the Math Moments journal begins with student reflections on the day, recording personal thoughts about what they learned and/or something they are wondering about. Response to a higher-order thinking question rounds out the writing experience.

Day 3, Lesson 8 - Copy Cat
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.

Day 3, Lesson 9 - Attribute Attitude
This Shared Reading lesson has students participating in vocabulary building through the reading of and interaction with poetry. Each poem presents the attributes of two- and three-dimensional figures.

Day 3, Lesson 10 - Patterned Poetry
Through comparing and contrasting related two- and three-dimensional shapes, students complete a Venn diagram illustrating the attributes of each. Using a poem pattern from another lesson, students use data from the diagram to write an attribute poem.

Day 3, Lesson 11 - Poly Doodles All Day
Students explore geometric vocabulary through creation of shapes on a geoboard. Oral presentation of design attributes, transfer of design, and color-coding components mix to create a fun and exciting lesson that stretches student thinking.

Day 4, Lesson 12 - Geo Gee-Hawin'
In order to review unit content, with specific focus on geometric vocabulary students are expected to understand and use effectively, Geo George plays a Math Mouth word game with the class giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge with geoboards.

Day 4, Lesson 13 - Where, Oh Where, Can the Geo Be?
Listening for geometric shapes occurring in the natural environment as presented in a student-generated story, students identify each natural object and correctly label it as the geometric shape that it is according to its attributes.

Day 4, Lesson 14 - Give It a Whirl
Exploration of rotating 3-D shapes at varied speeds has students discovering, discussing, and questioning. Personal reflections move students to a hands-on activity that has them transition a two-dimensional square into a three-dimensional pinwheel.

Day 4, Lesson 15 - Geo Jingo Jivin'
In this writing lesson, students investigate musical instruments of varying geometric shapes that correspond with the three-dimensional shapes studied, and write shape pattern tunes, which will be read and played by students on the geometric instruments.

Day 5, Lesson 16 - Capturing "Lions" of Poetry
Students take to the Author's Chair and share poems written at home for the Capturing “Lions” of Poetry Literacy Link parent page. The class listens with purpose for the correct attributes of the shape for which each poem was written, as well as for quality speaking traits.

Day 5, Lesson 17 - Geo Sakes Alive!
Pleased with students’ knowledge of two- and three-dimensional attributes, Geo George gives students the opportunity to utilize mathematical language. The challenge is to create a geo puppet by following directions given geometrically.

Day 5, Lesson 18 - By George!
Taking on the identity of their geometric puppet, students write a script. The script describes the attributes the puppet had as a two-dimensional square and the attributes it has now as a three-dimensional character.

Day 5, Lesson 19 - Hey, Hey, Whaddaya Say!
Students rehearse scripts by recording themselves on audiotape and then playing it back to self-assess strengths and weaknesses. Individual student tapes will be sent home to afford further opportunity for recorded practice and parental assistance.

Day 6, Lesson 20 - Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here
Geo George leads students and friends through a review of all targeted standards. Children don their puppets and join their character in chorus, conversation, and choral correspondence.

Day 7, Lesson 21 - Dear George,
In their journals, students write a letter to Geo George reflecting on the unit, activities, and things they learned. Included will be their favorite part of the unit, the hardest part for them, what they learned, and their thoughts on their performance.

Web Links

This is an interactive Student Web Lesson that addresses the standard MA.C.; 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 MA.C.; the student describes attributes of three-dimensional shapes using mathematical language (for example, curves, vertices, edges, faces, angles).
Geo Cleo and the Shape Caper

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