What activities do you use to teach the hexagon? This is always a hard shape for my students. Thanks!

You can compare it to a stop sign by having them put a pattern block on top of a picture of a stop sign so they can compare the shape. You may let them put two trapezoids together to see what they come up with. Tracing the shape with a pattern block template is good, too.

A stop sign has 8 sides. Hexagon has the letter 'x' in it. So does the word 'six'...A hexagon has six sides.

I don't know whether this is age appropriate. But start with a regular hexagon (all sides the same length) Connect the opposite vertices. The triangles you form should all end up equilateral.

Alice-Love it!! With pattern blocks, there are little green equilateral triangles. 6 same sized equilateral triangles can joined together to make a hexagon...

My math station tubs are labeled with shapes. They learn a lot of shapes this way... Also, during self-direction exploration, I find a lot of kids use pattern blocks. I make a point to say hexagon if they are using that shape as I'm conferring with them. It usually flows naturally because they're making patterns or seeing how many different shapes they can make into a hexagon.

I really like "Nonagon" by They Might Be Giants... it goes over the names of different regular polygons as well as the number of sides each one has. The video really helps bring it to life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ohtlewREI

KLSSwimmer, if your curriculum allows it, don't worry about teaching the name "hexagon" at all with young children. Focus on the shape itself, where it is found, what you can do with it, and so on. An obvious connection for young kids is bees' honeycomb, which has lots of hexagons joined together. In fact, the hexagon is one of only three regular polygons which will tessellate (cover a 2-D plane without gaps or overlapping). I would have the children play with hexagon shapes. Pattern blocks are great - they have hexagons in the kit, but also trapezoids and equilateral triangles that can be used to make hexagon shapes. Basically, have the children experience hexagons and talk about them naturally. The name "hexagon" can be introduced when the children show they need the name.