Lesson Plan

Where Is It?

Use a scavenger hunt, art activity, and stickers to help kindergarteners understand shapes and positional language.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe objects using the names of shapes and describe the relative position of objects using the following terms: above, below, beside, in front of, next to, and behind.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
Make a Shape PicturePosition: Front or Back?
  • Display a variety of shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, circle) on your white board or chart paper using precut paper shapes.
  • Review each shape by pointing to it and asking your students to identify it by name. Then help your students describe the shapes' attributes. Say, "A triangle always has three sides and three corners."
  • Explain that the class is going to practice finding shapes in the classroom and describing the position of the shapes using special math terms, called positional words. Positional words are words like "behind," "next to," or "in front of," and they help us tell someone where something is located.


  • Read aloud a book about shapes to review or introduce 2D shapes to the class by name and attribute.


  • Say the name of each shape aloud and then have students repeat the shape name back to you.
  • Invite students to draw the shapes in the air with their fingers.

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