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Shapes Lesson Plan

GROUP TIME ACTIVITIES

Making Shapes…
Have the children sit in a circle. Give a ball of yarn to one child. Have the child hold the end of the string and roll the ball to another child. Have that child hold the yarn and pass it to a third. The third child then rolls it back to the original starting child. Have the children guess what shape it is. I use this for an opening activity to introduce my shape theme.

Following Directions…
Materials: electric tape (colored), bean bags
Objective: students will recognize and verbally state basic shapes.
Directions: during circle time we all get to choose a bean bag. All over the room I’ve made open shapes on the floor using the electric tape. The students who sit during the lesson are the first ones who get to play “Find a (shape)”. The students get up and find the shape that I’ve stated, once they find it they get to toss the bean bag in the shape.

SONGS AND FINGER PLAYS

Triangles…
(Jingle Bells)
Triangles, triangles,
Have three sides.
Triangles, triangles,
Have three sides.
You can draw big triangles
In the air,
It is fun to use your hands
And make them anywhere.

Triangle Tracks…
On the floor, make several triangles with masking tape in the block area. Tell the children it is a race track and they must keep their cars and trucks inside the lines. I use this for the block area.

One Blue Square…
(Three Blind Mice)
One blue square, one blue square,
See how it’s shaped, see how it’s shaped.
Four big corners it does have,
Four big corners it does have.
One blue square, one blue square.

Square Song…
(Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song)
S – Q – U –
A – R – E,
All squares have four sides.
Shaped like blocks,
Or a slice of bread,
All four sides are the same.
One, two, three, four (spoken);
S – Q – U –
A – R – E,
Squares are e – a – sy.

Make A Shape…
(The Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we make a square,
Make a square, make a square,
This is the way we make a square,
So early in the morning.

The Rolling Circle Song…
(Have You Ever Seen A Lassie?)
Have you ever seen a circle, a circle, a circle?
Have you ever seen a circle, which goes ’round and ’round?
It rolls this way and that way,
And this way and that way.
Have you ever seen a circle, which goes ’round and ’round?

Red Shapes Hokey Pokey…
(Hokey Pokey)
Put a red (name of shape) in,
Put a red (name of shape) in,
Put a red (name of shape) in,
And shake it all about.
Do the hokey pokey
And turn yourself around-
That’s what it’s all about.

Shapes What About You…
I am a circle;
Here’s what I can do.
I can roll around.
How about you?
I am a square
So perfectly true.
I am the same length on four sides.
How about you?
I am a rectangle
With four sides too!
But I can be short or tall.
What about you?
I am a triangle
With only three sides.
But I can stand on any one.
How about you?

It’s A Rectangle…
(B-I-N-G-O)
There is a shape that has four sides,
But it is not a square…No!
It’s a rectangle;
It’s a rectangle;
It’s a rectangle;
It is not like a square…No!
Two sides are long; two sides are short.
They are not the same…No!
It’s a rectangle;
It’s a rectangle;
It’s a rectangle;
The sides are not the same…No!
(Hold up a square when mentioned and then hold up rectangle.)

CENTERS

Carrot Printing…
For free art allow the children to make prints with the shapes you have precut. Cut carrots into squares, circles, triangles and rectangles. Put out shallow dishes of tempera paint and white construction paper.

Panel Printing…
Place a shallow tray of tempera paint out with an assortment of different sized rectangle boxes. Have the children dip the panel of the box into the paint and press it to paper. I allow them to make a collage of rectangles.

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