Lesson Plan

Solid Shapes: Identifying 3D Shapes

Introduce your students to 3D solid geometric shapes and encourage them explore their everyday space for these shapes. In this lesson, they will learn to look at a ball as a sphere!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify geometric shapes in objects they use in their daily lives.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(10 minutes)
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  • Tell students that today they are going to learn about 3D geometric shapes.
  • Show them examples of 2D and 3D shapes, such as a circle and a sphere.
  • List all of the names of the shapes that your students will be working on.
  • Ask them to name some shapes they see around them.
  • Read the book Shapes in Our World by Moira Anderson.

Beginning

  • Create and pass out a glossary for students to use with shape names in their home language (L1).
  • Review 2D shapes using the shape song or visuals prior to the start of the lesson.

Intermediate

  • Introduce 3D shapes by passing out tactile examples for students to explore.
  • Ask students to repeat each shape name after you while you display a visual of the 3D shape.