September 3, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas
Lesson Plan:

Fingerpaint and Fun with Shapes

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

(10 minutes)
  • 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.
(10 minutes)
  • Show students an example of a circle, a square, a rectangle, and a triangle.
  • Draw each of the shapes on a whiteboard.
  • Instruct your students to count the sides on each of the shapes, and call students up to trace them and erase them with their fingers.
  • Give your students the Trace Color Shapes worksheet to complete.
(5 minutes)
  • Give your students four different cutout shapes: a circle, a triangle, a square, and a rectangle.
  • Ask students to tape down a circle to their white construction paper.
  • Then, direct your students to tape down the remaining shapes. Use this as an opportunity to see which students are able to properly select the shapes.
(10 minutes)
  • Give your students palettes of paint with various colors on it.
  • Have them fingerpaint all over their white paper.
  • Instruct your students to paint over the shapes that were taped down.
  • When the paper is full, place the papers in a safe spot to dry.
  • When the project is dry, pull off the taped-on shapes. This way, they will have a colorful project with bold, white shapes on it.
  • Enrichment: Give your students additional shapes such as octagons, hexagons, and others. Ask these students to identify and tape down these shapes as well.
  • Support: Have your students use a paintbrush instead of fingerpaint to complete this activity. This way, they are still taking part in the lesson but in a way that fits their needs.
(5 minutes)
  • After the projects are dry, ask your students to place their fingers on the shapes you call out.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students independently think of objects that are certain shapes. For instance, ask your students to identify something triangle-shaped that can be eaten.

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