My students love Geometry because of Math out of the Box®!

25th February, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 15 Comments

Not all inquiry is based in the science classroom.  My students have learned so much through a math program called Math Out of the Box®.  It is a K-5 inquiry based math curriculum filled with engaging, hands-on activities based on the latest research about how children learn.  I love how it has reading and writing connections embedded within every lesson.  It arrives with everything that I need to get my year rolling.  The students are engaged and look forward to every lesson.  Sometimes, I cannot get them to lunch on time because they refuse to stop.  That has made my center planning much easier because I just move the lesson manipulatives over to the math station and they are already familiar with the concept.  They could work for hours using the materials if I had the time.  Are any of you using the program in your classroom?  I would love to hear which lesson is your favorite.  Here is a copy of the Geometry Journal if you want to try it out with your kids.

 Bright Idea Geometry Journal for Third Graders PDF version





February 25th, 2010 at 11:37 am    

My daughter is in 2nd grade, and loves working with the Math Out of the Box manipulatives. At her school, she is currently working out of the traditional math textbook. She began to have a little trouble with her math, so I got her some of math out of the box manipulatives to work with to see if the manipulatives would help her. She loves working with the manipulatives! When she works with them, she can see it “hands on”, and it makes it easier for her to understand rather than just reading about how to do it.


March 29th, 2010 at 10:12 pm    

Good points…I am someone who really doesn’t write on blogs much (in fact, this may be my first post).


March 30th, 2010 at 2:26 pm    

Great article!

Robe Blanche

April 5th, 2010 at 8:38 am    

Cool article!


May 25th, 2010 at 10:03 am    

3rd grade student:
Hi, my name is Avery and I learned that not all prisims have six faces.Some have five!That is the trangle prism.also I learned that some cyilenders have ten faces and sixteen vertices!


May 25th, 2010 at 10:17 am    

3rd grade student:
I learned that there are 2 3-d shapes that have 6 faces, 12 edges,and 8 virticeis.


May 25th, 2010 at 10:46 am    

3rd grade student:
I learned that a cyclinder has 0 edges and vertices and that a cyclinder has 2 faces.

Sammie Lotz

May 26th, 2010 at 12:01 pm    

Thank you Avery, Noah, and Nevin for sharing what you have learned using the Geometry pieces and journal. You really have learned a lot. You guys are using some really big math vocabulary in your reflections which is wonderful! Can you tell me more about the difference between a face, vertex, and edge? How could you explain those words to someone that isn’t as familiar with geometry terms like you are? I challenge your class to come up with definitions to help us understand these terms!

Sammie Lotz

May 26th, 2010 at 12:15 pm    

Hmmm…. When looking at your responses guys, I have the following questions:

1. Does a cylinder really have vertices? How do you know? What is a vertex?

2. What is a face and what is an edge? I am confused by some of your responses. Can you get together and come up with a common definition to help me understand?

3. Nevin you on right on buddy! Can you explain how you got your answers to us?


May 26th, 2010 at 12:26 pm    

Just wondering if you had any 3-D shapes to use in your classroom? Sometimes remembering all of the definitions gets very confusing but if you have something concrete to work with they might help you out.
I’m excited to see students journaling about their math ideas. Notebooking isn’t only for science :-)

Noah, Nevin, Avery (cooperative group discussion answer)

June 8th, 2010 at 11:10 am    

1. A cylinder does not have vertices because it does not have corners since it rolls.
2. A face is the flat surface but an edge is where 2 faces connect, I think….
3. A cylinder has 0 edges and vertices because there are no flat surfaces connecting because the 2 flat circle faces connect at a curve to a rectangle folded around it.


June 8th, 2010 at 8:27 pm    

Great sharing this.

Sammie Lotz

June 9th, 2010 at 9:03 am    

Noah, Nevin, and Avery

It is so refreshing to see you guys work together to come up with a common definition.

* Pointing out that a cylinder rolls is a great observation and that it does not have corners. I am taking from this statement that vertices and corners are similar.

You guys have come a long way. I am proud of you!

Jody D

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