$1 Math Center Spotlight: 3D Sandcastles

It’s time to build sandcastles! 3D Sandcastles is a printable math center that will help your students practice recognizing composite shapes made from 3D shapes (cones, cubes, cylinders, rectangular prisms, spheres). Use this center to supplement any standards- based, 1st grade math curriculum! 

3D Sandcastles will help your students recognize composite shapes made from 3D shapes.

First Grade Common Core Math Standard

1.G.A.2 Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.

Directions: Place a shovel or clip on the shapes you see in the sandcastles. Write your work on a record sheet!

Use the printable shovels or clothespins to mark the shapes you see!

This printable math center includes:

  • 4 sets of cards (24 cards total)
  • Shovel cards
  • “Directions” page, storage label, and 4 record sheets
  • Color and black & white versions to help you save on ink!
Click here to learn more about 3D Sandcastles!

How to use this in your classroom:

  1. Assign as an individual, partner, or small-group center!
  2. Engage your students during targeted, small-group instruction!
  3. Invite students to use when they finish other assignments early!
  4. Prep your sub plans with ease- called away to a meeting? Unexpected sick day? Your students will love playing this math game individually, in partners/groups, or teacher vs. student on a document camera!
  5. Fill extra time at the end of a lesson with a meaningful, standards-based activity!
  6. Print black & white copies to send home with your struggling students for extra practice!

Stop by next Monday for another $1 Math Center Spotlight! More first grade math centers for 3D geometry are available here:

Includes 4 printable & 1 digital center addressing three- dimensional geometry standards!

Find this center in the following bundles:

  1. First Grade Math Centers BUNDLE | Three- Dimensional Geometry
  2. First Grade Math Centers MEGA BUNDLE | 64 Standards- Based Activities

In case you missed it, check out last week’s spotlight about 2D shapes: Shape Monsters!

Published by Little Owl's Teacher Treats

Erika @ Little Owl’s Teacher Treats believes in creating warm, engaging classroom environments that are inclusive of all students. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University in 2008, and a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education, K-6 from Western Governors University in 2016. She also studied Reading Education at the graduate level at the University of Pittsburgh. Erika taught 5th grade for a year, but she found her true calling teaching first grade for eight years.

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