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Hopping Around: Circles

Hop to the circles! This lesson helps your students experience circles in a fun and informal way using crafts, songs, and games. Your students will also develop perceptual, fine, and gross motor skills at the same time.
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Students will be able to identify and name circles.

(5 minutes)
Frog Headband
  • Put out a variety of shapes, and have your students sort them into groups.
  • Ask your students to look closely and see if they can find any that are the same as others.
(10 minutes)
  • Pick out the group of circles, and ask the students if they know what the shape is.
  • Explain to your students that the shape is a Circle, which has no sides.
  • Hand out one circle to each student.
  • Ask the students how circles are different from the other shapes, and introduce the term Round, or shaped like a circle.
  • Have the students trace around the shape with their fingers starting at the top of the circle, and then practise drawing one in the air.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out the sheets of green, red, and white paper, glue, scissors, frog headband stencils, and strips for the headbands.
  • Tell the students to find the biggest circle and trace around it for the frog's head.
  • Direct them to cut it out and paste it to the headband. Encourage them to start at the top when tracing around the circle.
  • Have the students select the medium sized circle next to make the outer eye and the mouth of the frog.
  • Instruct your students to trace and cut two medium sized circles from green paper and one from red paper.
  • Ask your students to paste the green ones on top of the head to make the outer eye.
  • Have them cut the red one into two and paste one half for the mouth.
  • Finally, tell the students to choose the small circle to make the inner eye and trace around this on the white paper. Have your students cut and paste in the middle of the outer eye.
  • For the tongue, have the students roll or accordion fold a strip of red paper and paste it to the mouth.
  • Measure and staple the headbands to fit each child's head.
(5 minutes)
  • Have the students decorate their frog headbands by drawing their own circles or by putting sticker dots onto the frog face.
  • Enrichment:Have the students draw their own circles instead of using stencils.
  • Support:Predraw and cut circles for the students to paste together.
(10 minutes)
  • Scatter an assortment of shapes on the floor. Make sure there are enough circles for at least two for each student.
  • Have the students put their headbands on and hop around in a circle to some music.
  • When the music stops, tell the students to find a circle, pick it up, and bring it back to you.
  • Take note of the shapes each child brings to assess his ability to identify a circle.
  • Repeat until all the circles have been collected.
(10 minutes)
  • Review all the shapes that were collected from the game by asking the students to identify the shapes.
  • Read a book about circles to solidify the learning.

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