We have two geometry chapters in our third-grade math curriculum. The first one focuses on lines, line segments, rays, angles, and so on. The second covers polygons and solid figures. While teaching the first chapter, I had the children use the Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app during the lesson. This way each time we discussed a certain figure, the students could draw it on their Educreations whiteboards. I had immediate student feedback and could instantly assess whether the students understood.
During the second chapter, while talking about polygons, I was able to assess the students in three ways. The first group of students created the polygons on the Geoboard app.
The second group worked on creating the polygons using Tinkertoys.
The third group worked on creating the polygons according to the curriculum using toothpicks and marshmallows. I think this was one of their favorite ways!
Once again, I had immediate student feedback. I like the variety that allowed the students to participate in three different ways.
What hands-on materials have you used to help your students in math?