August 13, 2015
by AnneMarie Mann

Lesson plan

Shapes and Shadows

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EL Adjustments
Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the It's a Shape Zoo! pre-lesson.

Students will be able to identify the shapes square, rectangle, and triangle.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Gather your students at the group area where you have set up the projector.
  • Start with a simple object that the children can easily identify and make a shadow with it. Have your students identify it.
  • Show your students the object. Identify it verbally and visually and then place it on the projector again.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that you will be identifying shapes like you did with the object that made the shadow.
  • Show the students some of the different shapes and identify them as a group.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the qualities of the shapes. For example: "A square has four sides that are the same size."
  • Place a shape on the shadow board and have students identify it.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students interact with the shapes and shadows.
  • Students may construct creations with the shapes (for example, a house with a square and a triangle on top).
  • Encourage students to work with a partner and identify the shapes they are using in their figures.


  • Have struggling students match different shapes that you traced onto a transparency as a review activity.


  • Encourage advanced students to work with and identify 3D shapes, such as cylinders, cubes, and pyramids.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students identify shapes as you point to them.
  • Have students complete one or more of the following worksheets: Shape Jumble, Shapes 'n' Sizes, or Tracing Basic Shapes.
  • Collect the worksheets and review them later to assess students' understanding of the lesson content.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students work collaboratively on a class mural by gluing the shapes onto the poster paper.
  • Allow volunteers to label the shapes.

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