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Naming Shapes and their Attributes

Teach your students about the attributes that make each shape unique. Use this as a stand alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for *Are You Connected to Me?*
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Are You Connected to Me?lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to draw and recognize attributes of a quadrilateral, trapezoid, kite, parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle, and square.

Language

Students will be able to explain the attributes of a variety of shapes using content-specific vocabulary and peer supports.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Display a real-life image in the shape of a rectangle (e.g., an image of a picture frame or door), and have the attributes labeled underneath it (e.g., four sides, four right angles, opposite sides are parallel, opposite sides are equal in length). Do not include the name of the shape on the board.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner to discuss the shape based on the information on the board. Ask them if there is anything missing.
  • Explain that today's lesson will be looking at shapes closely to determine the attributes that make them special. Define attributes as the characteristics or qualities. Provide an example of an attribute of a student in the class. Say, "An attribute of this student is that she has brown hair. Does anyone else have that attrtibute?"