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What's My Attribute?


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   What's My Attribute?

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Objective: Students sort, classify, and order attribute blocks by size, number, and other properties.

Materials: attribute blocks

Manipulative Activity:

  1. Distribute attribute blocks to children.
  2. Allow time for free exploration.
  3. Display one attribute block on the overhead projector.
  4. Ask students to hold up a block that is the same.
  5. Encourage students to tell you why they think their shape is the same.
  6. Follow the same procedure with a different shape.
  7. Have students work in groups of 4 with two students in the group discussing and putting down two shapes with the same attributes. The other two children guess what the attribute is. Then the pairs trade roles and they repeat the activity.

Technology Activity: Students will use the applet, Attribute Blocks, from the National Library of Virtual Mathematics Manipulatives. Depending on the availability of computers for your students, this activity could be done individually, with partners, in groups, or as a class.

Have students go to Matching Attributes

Paper/Pencil Activity: Depending on the level of your students, you can have them complete this activity individually or with assistance. Here are some possibilities:

  • Students make patterns with their blocks and trace them on to a sheet of paper.
  • Give the students a "rule" (shape, size, color) and have them make a pattern following the rule.

Literature Connections:

Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop
Stuart J. Murphy, (HarperTrophy, January 31, 2000)
The Silly Story of Goldie Locks and the Three Squares
Grace Maccarone, Anne Kennedy (Illustrator), Cartwheel Books, May, 1996

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