Identifying Shapes for Preschoolers Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan teaches preschoolers about 2D and 3D shapes. The lesson includes a short video, a shape hunt, a sorting activity, and an experiment in shape construction and deconstruction.

Lesson Objectives

  • discriminate between 2D and 3D shapes.
  • find circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles in their environment.

Length

  • Approximately one hour

Curriculum Standards

Mathematics: Geometry

1.0 Students will learn about shapes.

This lesson plan is based on California standards for preschool education. Please refer to the standards for your state to check alignment.

Materials

  • Access to video lesson Identifying 2D Shapes in 3D Figures: Lesson for Kids
  • Quiz questions
  • For video instruction:
    • whiteboard or large paper and drawing/writing implement
    • a ball
    • an easily accessible example of a triangle, circle, square, and rectangle in your classroom environment
    • a shoebox
  • For shape book:
    • flat shapes (circles, triangles, squares, rectangles)
    • camera and the ability to print
    • empty photo book
  • Sliceable 3D shapes
  • A collection of 2D and 3D shapes and two containers

Instruction

  • Preview the video Identifying 2D Shapes in 3D Figures: Lesson for Kids.
  • When watching this video with your students, you will want access to the following:
    • whiteboard or large paper and drawing/writing implement
    • a ball
    • an easily accessible example of a triangle, circle, square, and rectangle in your classroom environment
    • a shoebox
  • Watch the video with your class. The video instruction is somewhat interactive, so you may want to pause at appropriate points so students can try out the video instructions. For example, the video says to draw a circle and find a ball, then ask students which one they'd rather play with or look around the room for shapes.
  • You may choose at this point to talk through the Quiz questions that accompany the video before moving on to more interactive shape activities.

Activities

Shape Book

  • You will need a number of flat shapes (circles, squares, triangles, rectangles), a camera, the ability to print, and an empty photo book.
  • Gather students and tell them you are going on a shape hunt. Give each student or pair of students a set of 2D shapes (circle/square/triangle/rectangle). Students should go through the classroom and find items that are 2D or 3D containing their shapes. (Alternately, assign teams of students to a single shape - one team for squares, and one each for circles, triangles, and rectangles) As students find an item, take a picture of the 2D shape and the object students found.
  • Later, print the pictures and put them in the empty photo book. You now have a book of The Shapes in Our Classroom to read to the class and keep in your reading center.

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