Second grade students are expected to identify and draw shapes such as triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagon, and hexagons. Their geometric reasoning is extended to include the equal partitioning on both circles and rectangles into two, three and four parts/shares. This activity engages students initially be having them identify shapes based on provided names (triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, and hexagon) and then partition two circles and two rectangles into specific parts. The final part has students decorate a tie with identified specific shapes and even colors.

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## Decorate a Tie

Instructional Concepts: 1.) Identify and draw shapes, and 2.) Partition shapes into equal shares.

Location: Curriculum Library > Math > Geometry -or- Curriculum Library > Month-by-Month > June

Students need a solid understand of the Paint tools specifically the Shapes and Crop Tool. The Shapes tools enable the drawing of geomatric shapes both as an outline or solid. These shapes, being ‘painted’ to the page cannot be moved without utilizing the Selection tool. In addition, students will need know how to add an audio recoding as required in the final component of page two. Step-by-step directions for each of these tools/features are available within the Training Tab

Estimated Completion Time: 10-20 minutes

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.G.A.1
Geometry
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.G.A.3
Geometry
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.

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