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Learning About Shapes: 2 Teacher Directed Activities

Here are two activities that you can write into your Geometry Lesson Plans right away!

1. Directed Drawing with Shapes and Positional Words

This unassuming activity requires listening skills, grammar skills (Perfect for a Preposition Lesson!), and of course, geometry skills! It's super low prep and the kids love it!

What you do here is read a sentence with the name, color, and position of a shape, and your students draw it according to your directions!

Here's an example of sentences you could use:

Shape Activities Lesson Plans Ideas

Here's an example of an answer sheet you could use:

Shape Activities Lesson Plans Ideas



TIP: Have your students locate all of the crayons they will need BEFORE you hand out the answer sheets! You don't want kids scrambling after a color in the middle of your activity!

FOLLOW UP: After this activity, I would totally project the answer sheet on the board and have the kids come up to draw! They could also write the name of the color inside the shape!

2. Marshmallow Shape Building

This activity takes more prep on your part, but it's not too bad.

What I love about it is that it's very tactile, it requires students to interact and learn how to work together taking turns, and the final result looks great on a bulletin board!

Shape Activities Lesson Plans Ideas

You will need:
1. Mini marshmallows
2. Toothpicks
3. Large construction paper (not white)
4. Glue sticks and scissors
5. Liquid glue (Elmer's)

Suggested Procedure:
1. Have students fold the construction paper into 4 boxes.

2. Decide if you want the direction of the paper to be landscape or portrait, and show kids what their papers should look like.

3. Have kids cut and paste the shape labels in each square. (I made those for you!)

Shape Activities Lesson Plans Ideas

4. Discuss safety rules for using toothpicks.

5. Discuss common courtesy rules when sharing materials (one hand taking materials at a time, say please and thank you, be courteous if two people reach for something at the same time, and let someone else go first a few times, etc)

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6. Have the correct spelling of the shapes available for students.

7. Model how to build the shapes. You know your students and how
    much instruction they need.
    I allow my students to choose what shapes they want to build.

Shape Activities Lesson Plans Ideas

Shape Activities Lesson Plans Ideas

8. Give out the marshmallows and toothpicks in little containers, or paper plates.

9. When shapes are finished, have students fill out the shape labels, and glue the marshmallows to the construction paper.



TIP: Show your students how much liquid glue to use when glueing the marshmallows. I didn't, and ended up with glue "puddles" on some papers. 

TIP: Make sure you have a plan for after the project! Where are you putting those papers while they dry?

I hope these activities appeal to you, and that they save you time planning engaging lessons for your students!


Other engaging Shape Resources are available from my TpT store.
These are NO-PREP, and come with assessments as well!
Free samples are available from the resource page!

Shape Activities Lesson Plans Ideas
Preview it here!

Shape Activities Lesson Plans Ideas
Preview it here!

If you want to keep this information fresh all year you can assign homework that constantly reviews learned skills. This is the homework I have in case you are interested. It's 100% Common Core aligned! There is a FREE SAMPLE available for each packet when you check the resource pages. 

1st Grade Math Homework

2nd Grade Math Homework

3rd Grade Math Homework