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Create with 2D Shapes & Task Cards

Create with 2D Shapes & Task Cards

2D shapes are such a simple math concept, but the mathematical vocabulary that goes along with them can be somewhat hard for students to grasp. I wanted to give my young learners an opportunity to practice using this language in an authentic and engaging way. So, a few task cards were born!

In the midst of lots of hands on stations to explore 2D shapes, I aslo gave them the choice of several iPad task cards. It always amazes me what a simple set of relatively open ended instructions can lead them to create. Below are 3 task cards that have been very popular in my math classes the past few weeks. Please click on any of the task card images, or here, to download all three.

create with 2d shapes and iPad task cards

Here’s an example of our work from this task card on naming attributes of 2D shapes.  create with 2d shapes!

The creations from this next task card are endless, and just so much fun! If you don’t have MoMa Art Lab (download it! It’s still free!), you could easily use Pattern Shapes instead. All sorts of amazing creations were made, and shared either on their Kidblogs or to the Padlet for the next task card. Next time I do this activity, I’ll definitely add a sticky note QR code, so they can add images to Padlet.

create with 2d shapes & iPad task cards

 Aren’t these products just really great? An excavator! Amazing!

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By far, our favorite task card was this next one. Students created an object with the 2D shapes using the Pattern Shapes app, then made it talk with ChatterPix. Students told the process they used to create their picture. After a bit, my students were also choosing to use Geoboard, or make pictures with real pattern shapes, then follow the same steps to share their process. I love when they take a project and run with it, or make it more their own!

create with 2d shapes and iPad task cards

Kristen Wideen’s post about using Padlet to collect student work is genius, and inspired the back side of this task card, which you can download. I added a QR code, so that students could easily acces a Padlet wall created just to collect these projects. It’s so simple for students to upload their video from the camera roll, and all their work is curated into one, easy to share, place!

If you want to use this task card, you’ll need to create  a Padlet wall (directions here), then just print a QR code for your specific wall.

Here’s our 2D shapes Padlet wall.

This video we created together as a class example and tweeted to my dog Corky for pure fun.

I truly hope these task cards can be useful in your classroom, and help engage your studnets in creative activities!

MZ Sig

Carve A Pumpkin  – App-tivities for Fall

Carve A Pumpkin – App-tivities for Fall

This post was written for, and originally appeared on Fractus Learning. Fall, and all the fun that goes with it, is here! In honor of the season, and my love of pumpkins, I wanted to share an app that my students really enjoy creating with. Have you heard of the free Carve A Pumpkin app from Parents… Continue Reading




Book Creator App: Math Riddles & Video Export

Book Creator App: Math Riddles & Video Export

So, I’ve been wanting to share this fun project for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to it. I’m especially excited because in Book Creator’s newest update they added an “Export To Video” option! So I’ll share an overview of the project and the video export option! Our last class project at the… Continue Reading




Create With 3D Shapes

Create With 3D Shapes

We’ve been exploring 3D shapes in math. One of our favorite tools to use is Think 3D Free. This app has 11 3D shapes to create and explore. When we are just free exploring students can use any of these shapes, but the most commonly chosen are cube, triangular prism & hexagonal prism. I love… Continue Reading




App Smashing Presentation Smore – Updated

App Smashing Presentation Smore – Updated

Last Tuesday I did a few presentations at my local Education Service Center for their annual TCEA sponsored technology day. You can find out more about my Math Apps presentation here, but I also shared about App Smashing. I was so excited to share with these educators what kind of possibilities can be created when… Continue Reading




Mental Images with Doodle Buddy & iMovie

Mental Images with Doodle Buddy & iMovie

This week we started our comprehension unit on creating mental images and visualizations while reading texts. I usually like to start out this unit with poetry, and since this year we are in the midst of all kinds of pumpkin fun, I found some great pumpkin poems and songs. To quickly find some pumpkin poems… Continue Reading