2D Shapes Lesson Plans

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Shape Up: Identifying Shapes
Shape Up: Identifying Shapes
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Shape Up: Identifying Shapes
Shape up! Your students will develop spatial and coordination skills while using accurate terms to name and describe two-dimensional shapes.
Preschool
Math
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2-D Shapes
2-D Shapes
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2-D Shapes
Shape up your students' understanding of geometrical attributes with this hands-on math lesson. Students will gain a better understanding of how to describe a shape by the number of edges and vertices it has, rather than by its name.
2nd grade
Math
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Dancing Directions
Dancing Directions
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Dancing Directions
In this fun lesson plan, your students will love learning all about describing location using games, stories, and dancing! This can be used as a stand alone or pre-lesson for the **Where is It?** lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Math
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Shapes Inside Shapes
Shapes Inside Shapes
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Shapes Inside Shapes
Look all around! We can find 2D shapes inside 3D shapes wherever we go! In this lesson, students will sort shapes and recognize the 2D components of common 3D shapes.
Kindergarten
Math
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Shape Models
Shape Models
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Shape Models
With this activity, students will identify shapes, build 3-D shapes, and practice describing shapes with a partner.
2nd grade
Math
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Round and Round: Identifying Circles
Round and Round: Identifying Circles
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Round and Round: Identifying Circles
Introduce your preschoolers to circles with this fun lesson. Your students will enjoy identifying circles hidden in everyday objects around the classroom.
Preschool
Math
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Know Your Shapes!
Know Your Shapes!
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Know Your Shapes!
In this lesson, your students will become familiar with shapes by identifying them in real life. Your students will love identifying how many sides shapes have by drawing and counting them!
1st grade
Math
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I Can Make the Earth Happy
I Can Make the Earth Happy
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I Can Make the Earth Happy
Your students will help the world go round with this activity that teaches them how to be green! Use this activity to wrap up a week of learning about helping our Earth, or as a stand alone lesson.
Preschool
Math
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Shapes and Shadows
Shapes and Shadows
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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.
Preschool
Math
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Get to Know Mae Jemison
Get to Know Mae Jemison
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Get to Know Mae Jemison
Mae Jemison was the first African American female astronaut to enter space. Use the Get to Know Mae Jemison lesson plan to learn more about this famous scientist. Children will then read and write about her, and create their own paper rocket.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Tangrams: An Ancient Chinese Puzzle
Tangrams: An Ancient Chinese Puzzle
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Tangrams: An Ancient Chinese Puzzle
How do you build spatial reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving skills while doing something that is fun? With tangrams! In honor of Chinese New Year, this lesson introduces your students to the Chinese puzzle of tangrams.
Kindergarten
Math
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Shape Sort
Shape Sort
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Shape Sort
Sorting takes on a new challenge for students in this activity which engages their critical thinking skills. As students determine defining attributes, they’ll figure out what makes a shape a shape!
1st grade
Math
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Fun-tastic Fractions!
Fun-tastic Fractions!
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Fun-tastic Fractions!
Yummy fractions! This lesson will introduce fractions to your students and help them identify and make fractions of their own.
1st grade
Math
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Sides, Corners, and More, Oh My!
Sides, Corners, and More, Oh My!
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Sides, Corners, and More, Oh My!
Geometry is a core of mathematics in the early years. Help students recognize and draw shapes given specific attributes such as the number of corners and sides. This lesson can be a stand-alone activity of paired with 2-D Shapes!
2nd grade
Math
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A Place for a Shape
A Place for a Shape
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A Place for a Shape
Detective time! In this lesson, your students will become shape detectives and go on a shape hunt to find the missing shapes on a grid.
Preschool
Math
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Finding All of the Flat Shapes
Finding All of the Flat Shapes
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Finding All of the Flat Shapes
2D shapes are all around us! In this lesson students will explore the properties of four different shapes—triangles, circles, rectangles, and squares! They will learn that they can find these shapes anywhere in the world around us.
Kindergarten
Math
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Trapezoids Are Special
Trapezoids Are Special
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Trapezoids Are Special
Students will explore geometric shapes by creating a painting of a trapezoid.
1st grade
Math
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Quizzical Shapes
Quizzical Shapes
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Quizzical Shapes
Shapes, shapes everywhere! In this lesson, your students will identify shapes and differentiate between the geometrical figures. They will also learn about sides and angles in every shape.
Kindergarten
Math
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All About Tangram Puzzles
All About Tangram Puzzles
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All About Tangram Puzzles
Students will love composing shapes using tangrams in this hands-on lesson! Use this plan alone or as a support lesson plan for the **Tangrams: An Ancient Chinese Puzzle** lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Math
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Geometry Puzzles
Geometry Puzzles
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Geometry Puzzles
Your students will solve and create shape riddles while practicing their knowledge of shape attributes.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Composing Shapes
Composing Shapes
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Composing Shapes
Students will love composing and decomposing two-dimensional shapes using tangram puzzle pieces. Use this plan alone or to frontload key vocabulary and concepts taught in the lesson plan **Know Your Shapes.**
1st grade
Math
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Shape Dancing
Shape Dancing
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Shape Dancing
Practice drawing and identifying shapes with your class as they become master dance choreographers!
Kindergarten
Math
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Kandinsky Shapes
Kandinsky Shapes
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Kandinsky Shapes
Your students will have a blast thinking about polygons and making these paintings inspired by Wassily Kandinsky!
2nd grade
Math
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Dividing Clay Shapes
Dividing Clay Shapes
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Dividing Clay Shapes
Students will use their hands to mold clay into shapes, then divide those shapes into equal and unequal quarters.
1st grade
Math
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Triangle Time
Triangle Time
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Triangle Time
Students will work hard to build shapes with straws in this hands-on lesson about the defining attributes of triangles. Use alone or with **Know Your Shapes.**
1st grade
Math
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2D Shapes Lesson Plans

Thinking of different ways to help your students become familiar with everyday shapes? Education.com offers 2D shapes lesson plans to help students with basic geometry. Not only will they begin to recognize squares, triangles, and circles from afar, they'll be able to apply basic concepts to geometric, fraction word problems.