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# It's a Shape Zoo!

This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Shapes and Shadows lesson plan.

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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Shapes and Shadows lesson plan.

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

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Students will be able to describe characteristics of 2D shapes using sentence frames and visual supports.

(2 minutes)
• Gather the class together for a read-aloud.
• Draw a triangle, square, and rectangle on the board.
• Ask students, "What do you see?"
• Have students turn and talk to share with a partner what they see using the sentence starter, "I see ____."
• Explain that all of these are shapes. A shape is the outline of something. Today you will be learning about 2D or flat shapes.
(5 minutes)
• Read aloud the book, Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert.
• Create an anchor chart with the different shapes and shape names that come up as you read the story. Then have students repeat shape names after you (e.g., triangle).
• Pause as you read to note the different shapes you see in the story. Ask students to pay attention to the different animals.
• Model thinking aloud as you describe each shape's characteristics, "This is a triangle. It has three sides and three corners."
(5 minutes)
• Demonstrate how to use the pattern blocks to make animals, like in the story (doing this in the center of a circle on the floor is useful).
• Ask for a student volunteer to choose several shapes for you to use in your picture.
• Pass out pattern blocks to each student and ask them to make an animal using at least one square.
• Have students turn and talk to share what they made with a partner. Provide students with the sentence frame: "I made a ____. I used ____ and ____."
(10 minutes)
• Explain that students will now get to create their own shape animal pictures using pre-cut shapes and gluing them onto paper.
• Model choosing one animal to make, and using the different shapes, glue, and googly eyes to create that animal.
• Review any expectations around materials and moving around the classroom.
• Pass out materials and have students get to work.

Beginning

• Work with a smaller group to create a joint shape picture. Allow all students to participate and find different shapes to use.
• Ask students to describe one of the target shapes using sides or corners in their description using the sentence frame: "I used a ____. I know it is an ____ because it has ____."

• Have students design an additional shape picture.
• Ask students to describe the shapes they used in their picture to a partner.
(5 minutes)
• As students are describing their pictures, assess their ability to differentiate between shapes. Can they identify what makes a shape a square vs. a rectangle?
• Take note of any common mistakes (e.g., square has 4 sides, so any 4-sided shape must be a square) to address.
(3 minutes)
• Gather the class back together and collect the shape pictures. Display the pictures on tables or walls.
• Invite the students to walk around the room and have them walk around the class "Shape Gallery" noting what animals were made and which shapes were used.
• Ask a few students to share about their picture to the class.

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