Lesson Plan

Show Me the Shape!

Students use Doceri to identify shapes in the real world.
Rae Ann S.
Technology coordinator
Hempfield School District
Landisville, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Use attributes to identify two- and three-dimensional shapes in the real world.
  • Label shapes within real-world pictures that they take.
  • List the attributes for each shape that they photograph.
  • Classify shapes as two- or three-dimensional.
  • Create a project to share with their peers about the shapes that they identify.
Subjects
English Language Arts
Math
Grades 1 - 3
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Ask students if they have ever been on a scavenger hunt.   Have someone describe what they did.  Was it fun?

Tell students that today they will be going on a different kind of hunt - a shape hunt!   They will have to be good detectives to find the shapes that are "hiding" around them!

  1. Ask if anyone sees an object in the room that contains a shape that they have been discussing in math class.   
  2. Have the student go point to the object then describe the attributes that helped the student identify the shape.

2 Modeling/Direct Instruction

Explain to students that they will be looking around the classroom or at home (if it is a 1:1 classroom) for shapes that they have been studying.   They will use their iPads to take pictures of things, then use Doceri to identify where the shape is in the pictures.   Finally, they will record their voice to describe the attributes of the shape.  

  1. Have a student use the teacher iPad to take a picture of something in the classroom that contains a shape.
  2. Launch the Doceri app then place the image on a slide.
  3. Have a  student use the pen tool to clearly identify the shape in the picture.
  4. Have students take turns sharing attributes for the shape while you write them on the slide.
  5. Have students classify the shape as two- or three-dimensional.

3 Guided Practice

Work with the students to get their Shapes project started:

  1. Have students launch Doceri and create a title slide.
  2. Have students use the camera app to take a picture of an object in the room that contains a shape.
  3. Have students place the image into a new Doceri slide.
  4. Have students use the pen tool to clearly identify where the shape is in the picture.
  5. Have students write three attributes for the shape on the slide.
  6. Have the student classify the shape as two- or three-dimensional.

4 Project/Independent Practice

Tell students that now they will finish their shapes project on their own.    Determine how many shapes that their projects show include depending on grade level, abilities, time constraints, or iPad availability.   Expectations can also be differentiated for specific students.  

Ideally, students in a 1:1 environment would take the pictures on their own for homework, then label them and add attributes during class time.   If the iPads must remain in school, take the class to different areas of the building to take pictures if time and supervision allows.   This will make their projects more interesting as well as help them to identify shapes in various real-world environments.   

Each slide in the Doceri project should contain the following:

  1. A clearly marked image containing a two- or three-dimensional shape that the class has studied.
  2. Three or more attributes for each shape written on the slide.
  3. Classification of the shape as two- or three-dimensional.
  4. Recorded audio to narrate the finished project.
Student Instructions

Continue adding slides to your project.   Each slide in the Doceri project should contain the following:

  1. A clearly marked image containing a two- or three-dimensional shape that the class has studied.
  2. Three or more attributes for each shape written on the slide.
  3. Classification of the shape as two- or three-dimensional.

When you are finished creating all of your slides, show your project to two other student to get feedback.   Correct any mistakes or clarify information based on what you learn from your classmates.   Recorded audio to narrate the finished project then save the video to your iPad photos.

5 Wrap-up/Sharing

Padlet
Free, Paid

When students are finished with their screencasts, have them upload them to a teacher-created Padlet board (provide the link or use a QR code).   Here students can review each other's videos and comment on them.   Remind students that feedback should be positive and constructive!

*Note:  Padlet has a maximum file size of 25 mb so if your student files exceed that size, you will need to select another tool for sharing.   Some possible options would include Schoology (assignment, discussion, or media album) or Voicethread.   Both of these are subscription services.   For a free option, students could upload videos to GoogleDrive then share with individual students.

Student Instructions
  1. Go to the Padlet board using the link provided by your teacher.  
  2. Upload your video.
  3. Review the videos of five other students, providing feedback to them on their creation.