Well, this week I started by making an anchor chart for each of the solids my Kinders need to know (sphere, rectangular prism, cone, cube, cylinder, & pyramid). On the chart I drew the 3-D solid, together the kids and I listed its attributes (using math language: edges, vertex/vertices, faces, & base), & then we brainstormed real objects that we found to represent that solid.
Then, I made 3-D solid books using these freebies from kindergartenkindergarten.com. The students were required to copy ALL of the attributes from my large anchor charts into their book...then they drew 1 of the objects & labeled it.
One day we played Roll, Stack, & Slide - the students learned that solids with a circular base will roll, solids with triangular, square, & rectangular bases will stack & slide, & some solids with vertices/circular bases will stack/slide depending on their placement - it was a great Math Talk!
Finally, we used mini marshmallows & toothpicks to make as many 3-D solids as we could. It was great to walk the room & see students using math language to explain vertices, edges, and referring to solids CORRECTLY, not as shapes (circles, triangles, etc.).
Here are some of their marshmallow 'n' toothpick solids:
Miss King :0)