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# Shape Up: Identifying Shapes

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Students will be able to identify 2D shapes and use accurate terms to describe them.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
(5 minutes)
• Tell your students that they are going to learn to identify and name two-dimensional, or flat, shapes.
• Show your students examples of shapes, and have them name the shape.
• Take a "shape walk" around the classroom, and have students identify shapes when they see them.
(5 minutes)
• While you draw shapes on the board or chart paper, have your students draw shapes in the air.
• If you find it helpful, have students place a shape on the board inside of the shape you drew.
• Label each shape with the word. For example, write "circle" underneath the drawing of the circle.
(5 minutes)
• Point out the shapes that are taped on the floor.
• Have one student stand inside each shape, and ask those students to name those shapes.
• Explain to your students that they will be playing a game and recording the results on the Shapes Graph.
• Demonstrate throwing a bean bag on a shape on the floor. Show students how to make a tally mark on the graph.
(5 minutes)
• Divide your students into groups, and give each group a bean bag. Give each student a Shapes Graph.
• Instruct the groups to take turns throwing a bean bag, identifying the shape it landed on. Ask your students to record it on the graph.
• Continue this until every student has gone.

Enrichment:

• For advanced students, have them count the tally marks and compare the results.

Support:

• For students who may require support, arrange for them to be in a group that has a student with stronger shape identification skills. Give your students the Tracing Basic Shapes worksheet to complete.
(5 minutes)
• Review the graph with students.
• Have students identify the shapes when comparing results on graph.
(10 minutes)
• Have your students make a collage with the precut shapes.
• Ask students to describe their work. Encourage students to use "shape words" when discussing their work.

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