Shapes and Shadows
Students will be able to identify the shapes square, rectangle, and triangle.
- 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.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling(5 minutes)
- Tell your students that you will be identifying shapes like you did with object that made the shadow.
- Show the students some of the different shapes, and identify them as a group.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling(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.
Independent Working Time(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.
- Enrichment: Encourage advanced students to work with and identify 3D shapes, such as cylinders, cubes, and pyramids.
- Support: Have struggling students match different shapes that you traced onto a transparency as a review activity.
- Have students identify shapes as you point to them.
- Have students complete one or more of the following worksheets: Shape Jumble, Shapes 'n' Sizes, and Tracing Basic Shapes.
- Collect the worksheets and review them later to assess students' understanding of the lesson content.
Review and Closing(15 minutes)
- Have students work collaboratively on a class mural by gluing the shapes onto the poster paper.
- Allow volunteers to label the shapes.