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Shape Up: Identifying Shapes

Shape up! Your students will develop spatial and coordination skills while using accurate terms to name and describe two-dimensional shapes.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Magic 2D ShapesPre-lesson.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Magic 2D ShapesPre-lesson.

Students will be able to identify 2D shapes and use accurate terms to describe them.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that they are going to learn to identify and name Two-dimensional, or flat, shapes.
  • Show your students examples of shapes, and have them name the shape.
  • Take a "shape walk" around the classroom, and have students identify shapes when they see them.
(5 minutes)
  • While you draw shapes on the board or chart paper, have your students draw shapes in the air.
  • If you find it helpful, have students place a shape on the board inside of the shape you drew.
  • Label each shape with the word. For example, write "circle" underneath the drawing of the circle.
(5 minutes)
  • Point out the shapes that are taped on the floor.
  • Have one student stand inside each shape, and ask those students to name those shapes.
  • Explain to your students that they will be playing a game and recording the results on the Shapes Graph.
  • Demonstrate throwing a bean bag on a shape on the floor. Show students how to make a tally mark on the graph.
(5 minutes)
  • Divide your students into groups, and give each group a bean bag. Give each student a Shapes Graph.
  • Instruct the groups to take turns throwing a bean bag, identifying the shape it landed on. Ask your students to record it on the graph.
  • Continue this until every student has gone.


  • For students who may require support, arrange for them to be in a group that has a student with stronger shape identification skills. Give your students the Tracing Basic Shapes worksheet to complete.


  • For advanced students, have them count the tally marks and compare the results.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the graph with students.
  • Have students identify the shapes when comparing results on graph.
(10 minutes)
  • Have your students make a collage with the precut shapes.
  • Ask students to describe their work. Encourage students to use "shape words" when discussing their work.

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