Lesson Plan

Shape Mania

Learning to Identify Shapes
Audra B.
Technology coordinator
Wheatley School
Old Westbury, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to...

Identify the basic shapes and then create them in three dimensions, draw them on an iPad, and speak about their creations.

Grades K
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Activity: Conversing

On the SMART board or White Board demonstrate the shapes. 

Have students find those shapes in classroom objects.

Split students into three groups. Show students where the three centers for the project are. 

Explain they will have 20 minuutes in each center.

Student Instructions

Students will sit in large group for intro.

Students will choose objects from arund the classroom that represent the designated shapes in the lesson

Students are going to go to three centers - the Model Magic center and the two iPad Centers.


2 Direct Instruction/Guided Practice

All  groups will do all three activities!

Explain Model Magic - that you want each student to make two shapes.

Explain the iPad APP Shape Lab... Kids will play the games to match the pictures with the words they hear.

Explain the iPad App Draw and Tell - they will draw the shapes and write the names - copying from cards on the table. They may also record their voices!

Student Instructions

Students may work individually or collaboratively.  

At the Model Magic Center, students will take a small ball of model magic clay and form a simple shape, a circle, a square, a triangle, etc. They may then use magic markers to color their clay shape.  The student will place shape on a aaer plate to dry and write their name and the shape name on the plate.

On the iPads, in center 1, the kids will have Shape Lab. They will use Shape Lab for a range of classroom activities:
- Create pictures using shapes;
- Investigate and compose patterns;
- Use photos to discover shapes in the environment;

On the iPads in center 2, the kids will have the app Draw and Tell:
Students will use the
- 27 crayons, paint brushes and colored pencils
- Rainbow and glow-in-the-dark crayons
- 150+ stickers with animals, food, cars, letters and more
- 32 backgrounds and 22 patterns
- 60+ stencils

To draw a picture and tell a story with shapes.
- Students can record their story about their drawing or tell a story


Activity: Presenting

Have students present their model magic shapes and drawings to the rest of the class.

In the interest of time, students can choose which of the three items they want to show. (Each child shows one!)

Student Instructions

Students can stand and either use Airplay or chrome cast to display their digital work on the SMART board. (With help from the teacher)

Students will explain what steps they took to accomplish  their work.

Students will also show the Model Magic shapes they made.