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Fingerpaint and Fun with Shapes
Students will be able to identify various basic shapes and colors. Students will be able to identify one defining characteristic of each shape.
- 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.
- Collect shape examples for students to explore during the introduction.
- Provide students with shape names in their home language (L1) using a glossary.
- Invite students to turn and talk to share with a partner the shape of the item they collected.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(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.
- Demonstrate how to draw each shape on the board and invite students to trace the shape in the air.
- Tell students to echo count the sides of the shape after you say them aloud.
- Point to one of the shapes (e.g. triangle) and ask students guiding questions such as: How many sides does the triangle have? How do you know?
Guided Practice(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.
- Say the shape name aloud before having students tape the shape down to provide additional language practice.
- Call out a shape and have students hold it up before taping it down.
Independent working time(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.
- Put students into a small teacher-led group to complete the activity.
- Practice identifying the shapes by name and counting their sides as they are being painted.
- Pair students together and have them share with their partner the color they chose for each of their shapes. Encourage students to explain how they know which shape they painted (e.g. a triangle has 3 sides and 3 corners).
- 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.
- After the projects are dry, ask your students to place their fingers on the shapes you call out.
- Ask guiding questions to assess understanding such as: What shape is this? How do you know? What color did you paint the ____?
- Listen as students explain their process to their peers to assess their ability to differentiate between shapes based on their attributes.
Review and closing(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.
- Hold up shapes and review shape names chorally.
- Provide sentence frames for students to use as they reflect on the lesson: I painted the _ the color __. I know it is a ____ because_.