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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.
- 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.
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.
- As you identify each group of shapes, point out the characteristics of the shape and pass out a shape for students to touch.
- Ask students to turn and talk to share the shape name with a partner.
Guided Practice(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.
- Provide students with pattern blocks or other tactile shapes to use when reviewing the shapes.
- Invite students to come up and choose a shape to put on the shadow board.
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.
- Pair students together with a partner to interact with the shapes.
- Ask students to share with you what shapes they are using.
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, or Tracing Basic Shapes.
- Collect the worksheets and review them later to assess students' understanding of the lesson content.
- Check that students are able to differentiate between shapes.
- Note any areas of confusion.
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.
- Have students work with a partner on a shared picture using the shapes.
- Encourage the pairs to discuss the differences between shapes.
- Have students share their favorite shapes. Ask students to describe their favorite shape.