Lesson Plan

Shapes and Shadows

Students will get hands-on experience manipulating shapes in this preschool-friendly activity. With the help of shape blocks and worksheets, little learners will get the hang of squares, triangles and rectangles in no time.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the It's a Shape Zoo! pre-lesson.
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Learning Objectives

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)
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  • 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.


  • Preview the lesson by introducing any new or potentially challenging vocabulary (e.g., "shadow") in students' home language (L1).


  • Review shapes and shape names with the students.
  • Create a visual display of different shapes and shape names for reference.