Strong Shapes in the Model Trains

(Math – Grades 1 to 3)

In this activity, students will apply their knowledge of shapes in the real world. Starting in the museum’s model train display, they will search for and identify shapes in the miniature architecture.

Over the course of their visit, students will learn that some shapes are stronger than others. This new knowledge will be applied in the main activity, where students will make their own miniature bridges. Groups will try to make bridges that are strong enough to support our model trains.

Duration 50 minutes

Location Model Train Display, Royal Alexandra Hall. Wheelchair accessible.

Core Competencies

✦ Model mathematics in contextualized experiences

✦ Visualize to explore mathematical concepts

✦ Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas amd personal interests

✦ Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions.

Big Ideas and Content

✦ G1/2 Objects and shapes have attributes that can be described, measured, and compared.

✦ Gr 3 Standard units are used to describe, measure, and compare attributes of objects’ shapes.

✦ K Single attributes of 2D shapes and 3D objects

✦ G1 Comparison of 2D shapes and 3D objects

✦ G2 Multiple attributes of 2D shapes and 3D objects

Printable Activity Overview for Teachers