As part of our assessment on the work we’ve done on shapes this term I gave the children a laminated page with different coloured shapes on it. I used an Excel checklist to check they knew their shapes and colours. Any children who are still struggling with this will be focus children and will work on these concepts in a small group with the extra Education Assistant we get two afternoons a week. We also made a shape bar graph as an assessment piece to go into our portfolios. You may have noticed that I use Pinterest a lot and this was another activity I found there. The original idea is from here.
The children have name tags which are velcroed to their take home boxes. We velcro them so that they can be taken off to help children write their name. It also helps when we want to take a photo of something and remember who it belongs to. The children made their picture from pattern blocks and then we took a photo of it with their name tag underneath. Next the children were asked to count up each shape they used and colour in one bar on their graph for each shape. It was surprising the difference in skill with this activity. There were some who were totally lost and others who did the whole thing independently. If you want a copy of the graph we used you can download it here: Pattern Blocks Bar Graph
During our afternoon sessions we put out a few shape orientated activities for the children to have a play around with. This was the first time we have put the geoboards out this year and it was interesting to see how the children interacted with them. There was a lot of interest in them which I am attributing to the “I am a new thing” factor. We also dug out some shape stampers that I found hiding in my office. This table was also very popular.