We started the unit with such a fun activity! A fellow second grade teacher gave me the idea, so I can't take any credit for it! We made Shape Robots.
The kids were introduced to their Pattern Block template (from Everyday Math):
They came out so great! And everyone's was completely different. Some students even added pets for their robots!
At the bottom, the students had to write about their robot. They wrote their robot's name, what their robot looked like and what he/she did. If they had time, the students got to color in their robot!
The kids had so much fun with this! They took their time and were very creative with their masterpieces. I was impressed!