Mathematics Field Trip: Geometric Shapes

Students will explore their school and/or neighborhood and take photos of geometric shapes. Student will paste the photos in their journals, highlight the shapes, and describe the shape attributes. Students will publish their findings on a class web log. Students will create a tally sheet and bar graph to discover which shapes were more prevalent than others. As an extension, students will create geometric shape art and describe it in a class book. #VegasPBS-MATH181

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  • NVACS Mathematics
  • NVACS English Language Arts
  • Technology

Resource Type(s)

  • Lesson Plan


  • 2nd Grade


  • Mathematics 2

Standard(s)/Course Objective(s)

  • W.2.5 - With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
  • SL.2.1 - Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • SL.2.4 - Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
  • 2.G.A.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. (Sizes are compared directly or visually, not compared by measuring.)
  • 2.MD.D.10 - Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. (See Glossary, Table 1.)
  • W.2.2 - Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.2.6 - With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

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  • Technology