August 24, 2015
By Sharon Schellenberg

Lesson plan

Shapes for year one!

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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the All About RectanglesPre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the All About RectanglesPre-lesson.

Students will be able to identify circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Gather the students where they can watch the music videos.
  • Watch Shapes Song and kindergarten Shapes song on the interactive whiteboard.
  • After watching the videos, ask the students which shapes they noticed.
  • Tell students that today they will be learning about shapes with a fun game and some coloring.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell your students to sit in a circle.
  • Place a blue square, yellow circle, orange rectangle, and red triangle in the circle.
  • Tell your students that you will describe a shape and they are to guess which one it is.
  • Proceed with the following prompts: something yellow with no sides, something red with three sides, something blue with four corners, and something orange with four sides. Add more choices to the circle if your class needs more of a challenge.
  • Ask your students to think about how a circle is different from a square, and how a square is different from a triangle.
  • Ask your students to describe what a SideIs, to which they should answer one straight line that makes part of a shape. Ask your students to describe a Corner, where two sides of a shape touch.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell your students that they will be playing colour Shape Bingo.
  • Hand out the bingo cards and counters.
  • Put the call out sheet in plain view.
  • Tell the students to listen and look as you call out the shapes.
  • First you will describe the shape card in terms of colour, number of sides, and number of corners, then you will show the card for visual matching.
  • When students have a matching shape they will put a counter on it. Tell the students that they will say “bingo!” when all four of their shapes are covered. Tell the students that there may be more than one winner at a time. When someone wins, that person will be the next caller. If more than one child wins at a time, they will sit together and share the job of being the caller.
  • As the shapes are called, help the children keep track by placing a counter on the call out sheet. Have your students trade bingo boards between rounds.
(10 minutes)
  • Have the students remain in a circle.
  • Hand out the Shape Jumble worksheet.
  • Read the instructions and model how to colour one or two of the shapes.
  • Ask your students to raise their hands if they understand what they will be doing.
  • Dismiss them to work independently.


  • Struggling students may use a shape chart as they play the game and complete their work. Some students may benefit from playing the game again in a small group.


  • Advanced students may create a picture using shapes.
(5 minutes)
  • During guided practise, the students should increase in speed and confidence as the bingo game progresses. Look for students who need support. Sit closer to them and give clues and encouragement.
  • During independent practise, the students should follow directions and colour accurately.
(5 minutes)
  • Play one of the songs again on the interactive whiteboard.
  • Ask the students to think about the different shapes.
  • Invite the students to describe the shapes by their lines and corners. Invite the students to think of other things they could do with shapes.
  • Ask your students to volunteer what they will tell their parents about the lesson.
  • Compliment your students on their hard work!
  • Optional Closing Activity: Read Brown Rabbit's Shape BookBy Alan Baker.

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