Instructional Media


Blog on the Synthesizing Mind
July 14, 2011, 9:44 am
Filed under: EDIM 508

In Kindergarten we teach our students the names of shapes and connect that knowledge to real life experiences by exploring our school and neighborhood environment to find shapes.  Of course this learning process takes place throughout the entire school year incorporating a variety of visual, hands-on, storytelling, and other learning experiences to address different learning styles and levels of interest and mastery.  One activity that I worked on with my students this past school year that involved digital resources to help the students synthesize information about shapes was by viewing Math Monsters: Shapes Around Us, a video on Discovery Education.  This video shows the Math Monsters trying to draw their town by discussing the shapes that made up the buildings.  After we watched and talked about what the Math Monsters did in the video we pointed out shapes that made up objects in our room such as rectangular walls, square books, a circle for the clock, etc.  We then explored the hallways, empty auditorium, and other areas that were not being used to point out shapes.  After all of this excitement we returned to our classroom to make drawings of places in our school by tracing shape stencils and shape manipulatives, drawing freehand, taking turns using the computers to make drawings on Artpad.com, and we discussed our work throughout the process.  This allowed the kids to identify shapes and demonstrate where they can find them in their school environment while creating a product to be discussed that showed the synthesis of this information.

Source:

Math Monsters Inc. (2003) Math monsters: shapes around us. [Video segment]. Retrieved from http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=BC11B2A2-38DF-4C33-B4BC-AEBCBE6C41B5&blnFromSearch=1&productcode=US




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