- Math, Reading
- 45 minutes
Shapes don't have to be puzzling. With this lesson your students will learn shape names and shape identification as they put these simple puzzles together.
Students will be able to complete and name shapes.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Gather your students into a group and watch the Shapes Song.
- Review the different shapes by drawing them on the board and writing their names underneath each.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show students your premade jigsaw pieces, and show them how they fit together to make complete shapes.
- Ask them questions to make sure that they understand how the shapes come together.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Have students practice putting the shapes together as a group.
- When they've had a chance to get familiar with the shapes, take all the pieces and mix them up. Pick out one half of a puzzle and have your students find the matching half.
- Do this a few times, asking students to name the shape after they complete it.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Pass out the bags of shapes to students.
- Have students put the shapes together individually.
- Provide assistance and encouragement where needed. Asking questions is a nice way of encouraging them to think as they work. Allow them to make mistakes and learn from them.
- Enrichment: Help advanced students strengthen their word recognition skills by writing the name of the shape on the shape and then cutting it into more than two pieces.
- Support: Trace out the shape on a different piece of paper and have the students put the pieces on the paper to complete the shape.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: Brown Rabbit's Shape Book by Alan Baker
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Ask questions as the students work on the puzzles.
- Observe as they try to put pieces together to make a shape.
- Watch to see if there are any students struggling to complete the activity.
- Talk to them about the shapes they are working on.
- Walk around the room when students are done to check all of the shapes each student made.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- When students are done, call them back together as a group.
- Review the names of the shapes with your class with flashcards, a video, or a book.
- Ask students if they have any questions about the lesson.