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Using Virtual Manipulatives to Solve Problems & to Explore Concepts

Space & Shape


Grade

Space & Shape

Problem or Exploration

Virtual Manipulative

K - 4

Saskatchewan Curriculum Outcomes at a Glance

5 - 9

Saskatchewan Curriculum Outcomes at a Glance

K
SSK.1

(Source: Susan Muir)
Invitation for Learning

Susan Muir Link to blog post
How Big
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Taller/Shorter
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1
SS1.1
Capacity Target Container

(Source: Susan Muir)

1
SS1.3
Can you complete the square?
Susan Muir Link to Blog Post
Lesson Plan Grades K-1-2

Square

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2
SS2.1

(Source: Susan Muir)
Non-Standard Measurement
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iBoard
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Animal Heights
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3
3D Objects
SS2.3
With a partner look Describe the following shapes - cubes, spheres, cones, cylinder, pyramids
Susan Muir: Link to Blog Post
Math Pods and Evaluation 3D solids grades K-1-2-3

3-D Shapes
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3
2D Objects
SS3.5
Sort the Blocks: Decide on a 'rule', such as four-sided shapes or large shapes
Sorting Logic Blocks
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4
SS4.2
Find the area of the Saskatchewan postcard using various pattern blocks (units).
Lesson

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4
SS4.3
Find 2 polygons other than a square and rectangle whose reflections are identical to the original. Show using the geoboard
Virtual Geoboard
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4
SS4.4
What does symmetry mean? Do you think your face is perfectly symmetrical? Please investigate this idea .....
SymFace
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5
SS5.1
Sally's Yard- This problem allows the students different ways to solve a real-life perimeter problem.

5
SS5.3
Use the white rod to introduce the concept of volume. Identify the volume of the white rod as 1 cubic unit. Have the students build figures of their own choosing or following a specific pattern you provide. Have them find the volume of each figure by determining the number of cubic units it holds.
Cuisenaire Rods

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6
SS6.2
Identify the face of one of the white cubes as 1 square unit. Have students build figures using a variety of rods. Have students determine the surface area of the figure as well as its volume.
Cuisenaire Rods
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6
SS6.2

Things to explore: 1. How many rectangles can you make with a perimeter of 16 units? What is the area of each?
2. What happens to the area of a rectangle as you increase the perimeter?
Problem: Tina’s puppy has a pen that measures 2 m by 3 m. Because her puppy has grown so much, her dad plans to double the length and width of the pen. What will happen to the area of the pen after her dad makes these changes?
Another problem: A and B are two flat rectangular fields. The fence around field A is longer than the fence around field B. Does that mean that field A has a greater area than field B? Explain and use a model or sketch to support your solution.
(Source: Mike Fulton - Instructional Video)
Area & Perimeter Tool
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Virtual GeoBoard
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GeoBoard
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Perimetre and Area
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7
SS7.2
Make the following figures:
A square with an area of 4 square units
An isosceles triangle with an area of 4 square units
A square with an area of 2 square units (this is not a question!)
Exploring Area with a Geoboard
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Virtual Geoboard
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8
SS8.1

What is the distance from home plate to in baseball?
The distance between the bases from 1st to 2nd to 3rd to home is 90 feet.
What length of a ladder is needed to reach a 5 m high rooftop if the ladder is places 15. m from the wall of the house?
Source: Mike Fulton - Instructional Video
Pythagoream Theorem Applets
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The Proof
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Pythagoream Theroem & Baseball
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8
SS8.3

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8
SS8.4
Design a tessellating pattern
Each time you tessellate the pattern, review which polygon you started with, what types of symmetry are present in the finished tessellation, and experiment with a variety of colors to see the different effectsgssd
Tessellate
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Tessellation
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Additional Resources: SK outcome based lessons & assessment of problems using concrete manipulatives & virtual manipulatives.