The students build a 3-D building at home and bring it into to school. We spend the next few lessons using the completed buildings during math. They can create any building they would like, real or imaginary. Students use cardboard boxes generally, however some students actually create them out of wood. Most students paint the outside of their buildings - I am always impressed!
I have a whole packet that the students complete. One page reviews measurement concepts. They have to measure the height, length and width in both U.S. standard and metric units. On another page, students must count the number of faces, edges and vertices. Students must name the 3-D shapes that exist within their building (rectangular prisms, spheres etc.) They also have to draw diagrams of their building from different perspectives (top view, front view, etc.).
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