I need some advice please. I'm a trainee on my final block placement and this coming week, I need to teach the class about 2d and 3d shapes. I would have asked the class teacher what they know already but she hasn't been in for a few weeks. I know I should've done the planning already but I've had university finals. I will get it done though and I'm always well prepared. I really care about my teaching and I want to do the best job possible and make it really hands on and practical. I thought since there are four tables, that having a carousel of activities would be nice. I have to teach three lessons about 2d and 3d shapes and while the school has a few resources, e.g. polydrons and a beebot (sorry if the spelling is incorect), they can't have more than 40 polydron pieces and I have a class of 24 children. I'm not sure how to use a beebot and how to link this to shapes. Can anyone tell me please? I've been thinking about resources I can use. I have some 3D shapes from a relative (solid blocks) and there are nets of 3d shapes etc online. I need to have enough to cover three resources though. Can anyone suggest what I can do please? I know about 2d and 3d shapes and have made a powerpoint to show them. I'm just after actual activities for the kids to do to make it hands on. I'm tempted to buy a box of polydrons myself. It's just over £20 for a box of more than 100 (can't remember how many you get). The thing is though, after I've paid my rent each month, I'm always using my money to buy resources to enhance my lessons. I make a lot of my own resources too and what I buy doesn't cost too much. I don't buy expensive resources, but if I could do these three maths lessons without spending too much money and just use what the school has, that would be great. At the same time though, I want them to be able to construct shapes themselves and have hands on activities and I need more than 40 pieces so I'll probably end up buying a set. The problem is that it's online and will probably come on Wednesday, so they could only be used in Thursday's lesson. It seems like a bit of a waste of money if I'm not going to use them much. Anyway, any ideas please? Linking 2d and 3d shape to everyday objects and an activity I could do for that/ suggestions of things I could bring in would be helpful. I don't expect people to do the work for me. I'm just after a few ideas please. Thanks.