The activities in this four-lesson unit enable students to use their knowledge of number, measurement, and geometry to solve interesting problems. Planning and visualizing, estimating and measuring, and testing and revising are components of the ladybug activities. Students design "virtual paths" that enable a ladybug to either hide under a leaf or go through a maze. They develop navigational skills by testing their path and revising it. Two interactive Java applets (Ladybug Mazes and Hiding Ladybug, cataloged separately) support student solutions.
Contributed by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher, Carol Midgett - Author
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s): Developing Geometric ConceptsThis collection helps educators determine best practices for developing their students’ geometric thinking about shape and space. The resources include research and expert commentary about children’s capacity for understanding geometric concepts, as well as teaching suggestions and activities that can be used in the classroom. Introducing Measurement Concepts K-2This collection of resources is intended to help educators introduce measurement concepts to primary grade students. The resources assist in teaching the concepts of units of measurement, recognizing measurable attributes, comparing sizes, and estimating measurements. Videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans are included. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades 3-5.
Math TopicGeometry, Measurement, Number Sense, Algebraic Thinking, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade LevelK, 1, 2
Resource TypeInteractive Media, Unit of Instruction
ContributorNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher, Carol Midgett - Author