Lesson Plan

Sides, Corners, and More, Oh My!

Geometry is a core of mathematics in the early years. Help students recognize and draw shapes given specific attributes such as the number of corners and sides. This lesson can be a stand-alone activity of paired with 2-D Shapes!
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the 2-D Shapes lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to name shapes according to the number of corners and sides.

Language

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

Introduction

(4 minutes)
Shapes of Many KindsInformation Gap: Name that Shape!Glossary: Sides, Corners, and More, Oh My!Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Gather the students together and project the Shapes of Many Kinds worksheets on the whiteboard.
  • Ask students to think about what they notice about each shape. Encourage students to think about the similarities and differences of each shape. Have students think-pair-share their ideas and provide sentence stems and frames to support their ideas, such as:
    • I notice ________.
    • ________ and ________ are similar because ________.
    • ________ and ________ are different because ________.
  • Allow a few students to share their ideas. Encourage them to come up to the whiteboard to act as the teacher. Ask students prompting questions to elicit more meaningful feedback.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be learning about attributes, or characteristics, of different shapes! Read the language objective in student-friendly language and define any words within the objective that students may not be familiar with. Ask students to rephrase word meanings back to you to check for understanding.