Lesson Plan:

# Fingerpaint and Fun with Shapes

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September 3, 2015

## Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify various basic shapes and colors. Students will be able to identify one defining characteristic of each shape.

## Lesson

### Introduction (10 minutes)

• Introduce the lesson by holding up an object such as a ball. Ask your students to identify the object and shape.
• Explain to your students that they will be learning about shapes.
• To help introduce shapes, have each student go around the classroom and select one object.
• Go around the room and have each student identify the shape of his object.

### Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

• Show students an example of a circle, a square, a rectangle, and a triangle.
• Draw each of the shapes on a whiteboard.
• Instruct your students to count the sides on each of the shapes, and call students up to trace them and erase them with their fingers.
• Give your students the Trace Color Shapes worksheet to complete.

### Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

• Give your students four different cutout shapes: a circle, a triangle, a square, and a rectangle.
• Ask students to tape down a circle to their white construction paper.
• Then, direct your students to tape down the remaining shapes. Use this as an opportunity to see which students are able to properly select the shapes.

### Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

• Give your students palettes of paint with various colors on it.
• Have them fingerpaint all over their white paper.
• Instruct your students to paint over the shapes that were taped down.
• When the paper is full, place the papers in a safe spot to dry.
• When the project is dry, pull off the taped-on shapes. This way, they will have a colorful project with bold, white shapes on it.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• Enrichment: Give your students additional shapes such as octagons, hexagons, and others. Ask these students to identify and tape down these shapes as well.
• Support: Have your students use a paintbrush instead of fingerpaint to complete this activity. This way, they are still taking part in the lesson but in a way that fits their needs.

### Related Books and/or Media

• Shapes That Roll By Karen Nagel
• When a Line Bendsâ€¦ a Shape Begins By Rhonda Gowler Greene
• Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes By Stuart J. Murphy
• GAME: Museum Spot the Shapes

## Review

### Assessment (5 minutes)

• After the projects are dry, ask your students to place their fingers on the shapes you call out.

### Review and Closing (5 minutes)

• Have students independently think of objects that are certain shapes. For instance, ask your students to identify something triangle-shaped that can be eaten.