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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.
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Students will be able to identify and draw a circle. Students will be able to sort shapes based on one characteristic.

(10 minutes)
Shapes Maze
  • Call your students together as a group, and ask them if they can identify a circle.
  • Inform students that they will sing one verse of "The Wheels on the Bus," and do the actions.
  • Altogether, sing: The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round, the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.
  • Show the students an image of a school bus.
  • Inform the students that Circles, like wheels, are round shapes.
  • Reinforce the definition of round by making a circle with your hand.
  • Ask the students to make a circle with their hands.
(10 minutes)
  • Draw a circle on the board.
  • Explain to your students that circles are round and have no sides.
  • Show your students images of a lollipop and a snowman.
  • Ask a student to come to the board and point to the circle on the snowman.
  • Ask another student to come to the board and point to the circle on the lollipop.
  • Explain that lollipops and snowmen are made of circles, too.
(10 minutes)
  • Place the students in even groups to work. Give each group several geometric shapes.
  • Have the students pick out all of the circles and place them in a cup or bowl.
(10 minutes)
  • Give the students each a Shapes Maze worksheet.
  • Have the students colour all the circles with one colour.
  • Enrichment:For students who need a greater challenge, have them sort all of the geometric shapes provided.
  • Support:Give students only shapes that are circles. Have the students sort the shapes by colour.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess the independent work of the students when you walk around the room.
(10 minutes)
  • Call the students together as a group.
  • Ask the students to name two characteristics of a circle.
  • Review the independent worksheet, and reveal how the bear gets back to his cave.

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