One day, I noticed a couple girls creating with the shapes. I challenged I.D. and A.R. to see how many different ways they could create a hexagon using the 2D shapes. I was expecting them to create the three you would expect (3 diamonds, 2 trapezoids, 6 triangles), but they surprised me and persisted with the problem to create some I had not even thought of! They also inspired other students to help them create different hexagons.
|A.R. problem solving as she tries out different shapes to create a hexagon. A.R- "This has only 5 sides"|
|Here are the hexagons they made after I posed the challenge to them.|
|"This is Mrs. Potato Head. She is mad because all the vegetables ran away!"|
|E.B. created this "neighbourhood" and added house numbers so you know which house is yours.|
|"This is my house, I live at 53"|
|A.H. created this ferris wheel. A.H- "the hexagons are the chairs".|
|L.R. used the numbers to show her understanding of shape attributes. She counted the number of sides on each shape and used the numbers to show how many there were.|
|A.R. created these neighbourhoods. "It is sunny in the middle and it is night on the other two because they are in a different country. The numbers are to tell you whose house it is"|
|We created pictures using 2D shapes cut out of paper. The learners had to problem solve when they couldn't find a shape they needed. Many found ways to cut them out for themselves.|
Providing open-ended materials allows the students to use their imagination and problem-solving skills to create wonderfully beautiful pictures, designs and stories.