Lesson Plan:

Shapes and Shadows

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August 13, 2015
by AnneMarie Mann

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the shapes square, rectangle, and triangle.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Gather your students at the group area where you have set up the projector.
  • Start with a simple object that the children can easily identify and make a shadow with it. Have your students identify it.
  • Show your students the object, identify it verbally and visually, and then place it on the projector again.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Tell your students that you will be identifying shapes like you did with object that made the shadow.
  • Show the students some of the different shapes, and identify them as a group.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Review the qualities of the shapes. For example, a square has four sides that are the same size.
  • Place a shape on the shadow board and have students identify it.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Have students interact with the shapes and shadows.
  • Students may construct creations with the shapes, for example, a house with a square and a triangle on top.
  • Encourage students to work with a partner and identify the shapes they are using in their figures.



  • Enrichment: Encourage advanced students to work with and identify 3D shapes, such as cylinders, cubes, and pyramids.
  • Support: Have struggling students match different shapes that you traced onto a transparency as a review activity.

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Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Have students identify shapes as you point to them.
  • Have students complete one or more of the following worksheets: Shape Jumble, Shapes 'n' Sizes, and Tracing Basic Shapes.
  • Collect the worksheets and review them later to assess students' understanding of the lesson content.

Review and Closing (15 minutes)

  • Have students work collaboratively on a class mural by gluing the shapes onto the poster paper.
  • Allow volunteers to label the shapes.

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