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Fingerpaint and Fun with Shapes

Use this great lesson to get your students interested in learning about basic shapes! This lesson integrates a sensory activity with learning and lets students get a little messy.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify various basic shapes and colors. Students will be able to identify one defining characteristic of each shape.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(10 minutes)
Trace Color Shapes
  • Introduce the lesson by holding up an object such as a ball. Ask your students to identify the object and shape.
  • Explain to your students that they will be learning about shapes.
  • To help introduce shapes, have each student go around the classroom and select one object.
  • Go around the room and have each student identify the shape of his object.

Beginning

  • Collect shape examples for students to explore during the introduction.
  • Provide students with shape names in their home language (L1) using a glossary.

Intermediate

  • Invite students to turn and talk to share with a partner the shape of the item they collected.

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