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.

Suggested Learning Target

  • I can identify important attributes of a shape.
  • I can use important attributes to name shapes (number of sides, faces, angles/vertices/corners).
  • I can draw a shape when given its attributes.

Assessment Tasks

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Progression of Skills

The progression of skills breaks down component skills and understandings that are requisites for learning the standard. To provide an effective intervention, identify what skills students need to develop before additional work with the standard.

Other Common Misconceptions

Avoid having students memorize the properties of the shapes. Students need to have many experiences that allow they to explore, compare, and move shapes around. Avoid calling a rhombus a diamond and an ellipse an oval. Students may think that a hexagon always looks like the yellow pattern block. Show regular and irregular pentagons and hexagons. The use of a geoboard is a good way to have students explore the various shapes.

• Utilize problem solving and application of standard.

• Use shapes with more than 6 sides

Essential Skills and Knowledge (from MSDE Common Core Frameworks)

  • Ability to sort shapes by common attributes
  • Knowledge that plane figures are named by the number of sides
  • Knowledge and investigations include both regular and irregular polygons. (e.g., both equilateral and scalene triangles)