We were discovering shapes in the grade one class the other day and we found a fun and easy way to do it on the interactive whiteboard. When using Notebook software, we put a graphic on our interactive whiteboard and then we traced the shapes that the students saw. We removed the graphic and they all saw that the shapes that remained. It was neat to see the pattern they made. Details of the activity are found here…
Put a picture from the neighbourhood into SMART Notebook Software. I used the camera capture toolbar from SMART Notebook to grab a picture from the street view in google maps.
- Lock the picture down so the students can’t move it while they trace the shapes. (See the lock feature in the drop down menu of the image.)
- Have the students trace the shapes that they find. We use yellow because it shows against dark backgrounds.
- Unlock and delete the image.
- The students will see the shapes remaining.
If you are working on fine motor skills, the students could trace more complicated shapes as well. For instance, trace an animal and then remove the animal picture to reveal only the drawing.