EL Support Lesson
Shapes in the World
Students will be able to create and name shapes.
Students will be able to identify 2D shapes using sentence stems and visual supports.
- Display the everyday items to the class and ask them to share what they see using the sentence starter: "I see____."
- Explain that while these might be everyday objects they are also shapes!
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Play the Preschool Shape Song for the class, asking them to pay careful attention to what they see and hear.
- Review the shapes shown in the song and go over the attributes of each shape.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Display the circle vocabulary card. Then draw a circle on the chart paper and say, "This is a circle. What makes it special?"
- Ask students to turn and talk to a partner to share what makes the circle special using the sentence starter, "A circle is special because ____."
- Invite each pair to share out with the group and record student thinking on the chart paper. Then ask follow-up questions to get students thinking about everyday objects in the shape of a circle. Record their ideas.
- Using the circle vocabulary card, identify any additional attributes of the circle.
- Repeat this process with the remaining shapes.
Group work time(15 minutes)
- Explain that students will now get to practice turning shapes into new things using the Drawing with Shapes worksheet.
- Review any independent work procedures.
- Pass out student materials and worksheets.
Additional EL adaptations
- Have students use their home language (L1) to describe shapes/shape names.
- Work with students in a smaller group to practice identifying shape by name using songs or stories.
- Have students practice identifying and drawing shapes using the Tracing Shapes worksheet.
- Have students draw their own shapes. Ask students to share with a partner how they made their shapes. Then have students turn each shape into an everyday object.
- As students are at work, circulate around the room and assess if they are able to identify shapes in everday objects.
- Collect student work samples and assess if students were able to match objects with the correct shapes. Take note of any misconceptions or areas of confusion.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Gather the class back together and hold up several of the everyday items you collected. Ask students what shape they see.
- Have students turn and talk to share with a partner one thing they drew for a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle (as time allows).
- Provide students with a sentence frame to support their language development: "I drew a ____ because it is in the shape of a ____."