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Geoboard App: Manipulating Shapes to Teach Elementary CCSS

Remember the old geoboards and rubber bands? Invariably, when you pulled out the boards after a summer of storage, the rubber bands had disintegrated into a sticky mess and would render the boards useless. Troubles no more...Geoboard is one of the iPad math apps that Paula Noda used for several years in her 4th grade classroom. Nothing beats it for student practice in learning geometric shapes with an iPad. Learning is extended by students taking screenshots of their shapes then using a drawing app such as Doodle Buddy to label and classify the shapes. Students can culminate the activity by finding patterns in their shapes, popping their annotated images into the Educreations or Show Me app and explaining the logic behind their patterns.

In today's Edutopia blog, Monica Burns describes how first and second grade students can use the Geoboard app to manipulate and write about shapes, then document their learning to meet Common Core State Standards and engage in higher level thinking skills. Find out more about how they did this by reading the blog.


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