Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Overlapping Rectangles

Kindergarteners made these pictures by tracing a pre-cut rectangle 5 times on a piece of 18x12 paper, making sure they overlapped. Then they colored in all of the new shapes that were created due to the overlapping.

I introduced this lesson by showing Jasper John's painting Zero through Nine, which I showed when they made their "Numbers, numbers, numbers" picture. We discussed how the last time we looked at the painting, we were looking for the numbers. This time I wanted them to pay special attention to how when the numbers overlapped, they made new shapes.

This lesson was simple in concept, yet had the Kinders practicing lots of skills and looking at rectangles and the picture plane in a new way. They were surprised with the results and left feeling proud of their accomplishment!

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