Lesson Plan:

Shape Jumble: Matching

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August 10, 2015
by Rekha Mundkur

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the shapes and put pieces together to complete the shapes.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell your students that today they are going to fix shapes that are mixed up.
  • Review directions for safe use of scissors.
  • Show them the Shape Mix-Up worksheet that they will be working on.
  • Review the shapes and colors.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Now, draw their attention to the shapes on the worksheet, and show them how they are mixed up.
  • Demonstrate how to cut around the shapes on the dotted line.
  • For one example, match the pieces, and put them together to complete the shape.
  • Ask them to name the shapes and the colors on the worksheet.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Ahead of time, cut out shapes from construction paper or foam, slice them all in half, and mix up the halves.
  • Have the students take turns to put the shapes together.
  • Ask the students to trace around the shapes with their fingers and see how the two pieces are mirror images of each other.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to use their scissors to cut out the shapes along the dotted lines.
  • Give them some time to work independently and try putting the shapes together.
  • Walk around the classroom, and provide help if needed.
  • After the activity, ask them to store the pieces in the sandwich bag for future use.



  • Enrichment: Have your students trace or write the names of the shapes they put together.
  • Support: Provide assistance in cutting the shapes, and let your students do the matching of the pieces on their own.

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Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Walk around, and observe as your students work independently.
  • Note if your students are able to do this activity with ease.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • After they have completed the activity and put the pieces away, ask them to name the shapes they worked on.
  • Ask them to name the colors.

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