Shape Up: Identifying Shapes
Students will be able to identify 2D shapes and use accurate terms to describe them.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Tell your students that they are going to learn to identify and name two-dimensional, or flat, shapes.
- Show your students examples of shapes, and have them name the shape.
- Take a "shape walk" around the classroom, and have students identify shapes when they see them.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- While you draw shapes on the board or chart paper, have your students draw shapes in the air.
- If you find it helpful, have students place a shape on the board inside of the shape you drew.
- Label each shape with the word. For example, write "circle" underneath the drawing of the circle.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Point out the shapes that are taped on the floor.
- Have one student stand inside each shape, and ask those students to name those shapes.
- Explain to your students that they will be playing a game and recording the results on the Shapes Graph.
- Demonstrate throwing a bean bag on a shape on the floor. Show students how to make a tally mark on the graph.
Independent Working Time (5 minutes)
- Divide your students into groups, and give each group a bean bag. Give each student a Shapes Graph.
- Instruct the groups to take turns throwing a bean bag, identifying the shape it landed on. Ask your students to record it on the graph.
- Continue this until every student has gone.
- Enrichment: For advanced students, have them count the tally marks and compare the results.
- Support: For students who may require support, arrange for them to be in a group that has a student with stronger shape identification skills. Give your students the Tracing Basic Shapes worksheet to complete.
Related Books and/or Media
- VIDEO: Shape Song
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Review the graph with students.
- Have students identify the shapes when comparing results on graph.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Have your students make a collage with the precut shapes.
- Ask students to describe their work. Encourage students to use "shape words" when discussing their work.