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Article Summary: "How about patterns at a baseball park? Do you see a diamond? Do you see semi-circles? How about circles? Any other shapes in the field and stands? As you look you will notice common shapes everywhere in the baseball park?"

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Common Shapes We See Everywhere We Go: Looking at What You See!

As you travel around during the day and night, have you ever looked at what you see? Do you see patterns, colors, shapes, and designs in man made structures and the natural world? If you have not really taken notice, then now is the time to look at the common shapes we see everywhere we go. Kind of like the old saying, "stop and smell the roses." Except now the twist is "stop and look at what you see."

For example, have you really looked at your school building? Do you see a pattern in the windows? How about a pattern in the bricks or other materials on the outside of the building? If you see patterns then describe what you see. You should see three dimensional objects, rectangles, squares, circles, triangles, and more.

How about patterns at a baseball park? Do you see a diamond? Do you see semi-circles? How about circles? Any other shapes in the field and stands? As you look you will notice common shapes everywhere in the baseball park?

Now let's look at a different place. What about when you are riding in a car going down the road? What can of shapes do you see? What is the shape of a billboard? What is the shape of the bridge you just went under? How about the shape of buildings you pass, can you describe their shapes? What about the shape of other cars and trucks you see? As you look you will see ovals, cylinders, cones, triangles, circles, rectangles, squares, trapezoids, straight lines, and many other shapes. How objects that have multiple shapes do you see?

Common shapes are everywhere we go, so let's take a look at something else. How about your home? Do you see any shapes there? How about the TV, computer, radio, stove, doors, beds, walls, lights, etc? What kind of shapes do you see?

Another place to look for common shapes is in pictures and paintings. Look at any picture of an object in your home or anywhere. What shapes to you see? Pictures are full of common shapes, especially a painting. A painter will start his/her painting using common shapes to depict objects and then finish the painting based on these common shapes. If you look closely, you will see circles, ovals, rectangles, triangles, objects perpendicular to each other, objects that are parallel to other objects, and more.

Let's look at your bicycle. What shapes do you see? Look at the wheels, the pedals, handle bars, lights, reflectors, spokes, seat, tires, chain, etc. Now describe all the shapes you see. You should be able to see circles, cylinders, rectangles, ovals, and many others. What other shapes do you see besides the ones I listed? If you do not see any, then you are not really looking at what you see!

Shapes are everywhere and it does not take long to start finding shapes as you look. How about the clouds in the sky, do you see shapes? Many people see dogs, cats, boats, and more. Trying looking at the clouds and if you can see a shape in the clouds. Then describe the shape using geometric terms - such as, ovals, circles, etc. If you look you will see them.

Here is a fun look at the food in the cafeteria. What shapes do you see in the food? Pizza comes in rectangles; green beans come in cylinders, French Fries come as three dimensional rectangles, and more. Your food is full of shapes; even less obvious shapes have circles for apple slices and wavy ovals in chips (provided they are not broken).