Shapesters Match Up! Game

Lesson #10222

Create clever match-up games with Laura Kelly's whimsical Shapesters.

Grade Level:

Use Shapesters for various math games and storytelling. The teacher organizes the Shapesters based on similar attributes, while students name and discuss sizes and qualities of each shape. As the teacher tells stories using Shapesters, the students can discuss which shape is above, below or next to others. Consider as classroom decor as well, and create vinyl clings for windows or enhance bulletin boards.

Work individually with students to classify shapes. Challenge students to create their own pictures or scenes.

Given a variety of Shapesters, play a variety of critical thinking games resulting in the match-up of shapes.

A11061-Sizzix Bigz Die Set - Shapesters (4 Die Set)

Supplies Used: Cardstock or Construction Paper, Felt, Foam, Poster Board

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut Shapesters from foam, felt, cardstock or construction paper.
  2. Keep one shape whole and cut away highlights from other shapes. Layer to embellish.
  3. Die-cut Shapesters from solid black cardstock and cut away pieces to create the original basic shapes. Adhere the shapes to a piece of cardstock to make the game board.
  4. Arrange Shapesters to match each solid shape (see Main Photo).

Mathematics, Grades K: Geometry

K.G 1. Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

Mathematics, Grade 1: Geometry

2.G 1. Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.

Mathematics, Grades 3: Geometry

3.G 1. Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.

Source: Common Core State Standards - Math Content

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

K-4 Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.

K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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