This activity could take place in the museum or in the classroom. It is differentiated so educators can decide how best to adjust the level of instruction to fit students' abilities.
Objective: Students will become familiar with vocabulary (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, diamond, quadrilateral) and be able to identify and create basic 2D shapes. Students will calculate area of shapes.
1. Present students with various images of textiles that contain different shapes. Students can isolate 2D shapes or combine them to form new shapes. Point out how many examples were found by the class.
2. Trace the shapes while identifying vocabulary.
3. Students recreate the shapes and manipulate. Possibly print a tangram set and students can trace and create new forms. Other possible manipulatives include geometry tiles or mosaic materials.
1. Included in a lesson about finding the area of 2D shapes, ask students to calculate the area of specific shapes within textiles or paintings. Ask them to calculate how much blue material they would need to create a certain quilt design or how much paint they might need to fill a diamond pattern on their basement wall.