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Super Shapes

Shapes don't have to be puzzling. With this lesson, your students will learn shape names and shape identification as they put these simple puzzles together.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Shapes in the World pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Shapes in the World pre-lesson.

Students will be able to complete and name shapes.

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 into a group and watch the Shapes Song video.
  • Review the different shapes by drawing them on the board and writing their names underneath each.
(5 minutes)
  • Show students your pre-made jigsaw pieces, and show them how they fit together to make complete shapes.
  • Ask them questions to make sure that they understand how the shapes come together.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students practice putting the shapes together as a group.
  • When they've had a chance to get familiar with the shapes, take all the pieces and mix them up. Pick out one half of a puzzle and have your students find the matching half.
  • Do this a few times, asking students to name the shape after they complete it.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the bags of shapes to students.
  • Have students put the shapes together individually.
  • Provide assistance and encouragement where needed. Asking questions is a nice way of encouraging them to think as they work. Allow them to make mistakes and learn from them.

Support:

  • Trace out the shape on a different piece of paper and have the students put the pieces on the paper to complete the shape.

Enrichment:

  • Help advanced students strengthen their word recognition skills by writing the name of the shape on the shape and then cutting it into more than two pieces.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask questions as the students work on the puzzles.
  • Observe as they try to put pieces together to make a shape.
  • Watch to see if there are any students struggling to complete the activity.
  • Talk to them about the shapes they are working on.
  • Walk around the room when students are done to check all of the shapes each student made.
(10 minutes)
  • When students are done, call them back together as a group.
  • Review the names of the shapes with your class with flashcards, a video or a book.
  • Ask students if they have any questions about the lesson.

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