This activity provides participants with an opportunity to explore the attributes of two-dimensional geometric figures in a way that mirrors an engaging preschool classroom activity, and to explore their own beliefs and attitudes about supporting children’s development in geometry and spatial relations.
Activity for Teacher Educators
This activity begins with participants reading the "More than Hearts and Diamonds" Vignette and the Making Shapes activity (download below). This can be assigned as homework prior to the session, or in the session before starting the activity. This activity can be done with or without the accompanying worksheet and PowerPoint slide.
Group Activity and Share
Have students get into groups of eight. Take the role of a classroom teacher and play the Making Shapes classroom activity with them. After playing, have participants sit down in their groups and discuss the questions listed on the worksheet or PowerPoint. Have them discuss in groups and then share out.