2 Animal Shapes 1. Author: Heather Brooks of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 2. Title: Animal Shapes3. Grade Level and Michigan Curriculum Framework (MCF) and Technology Standards:Kindergarten grade level, Mathematics. Math Core Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.2, CCSS. Math.Content.K.G.B.5, CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.6, Smart board Technology.
3 4. RationaleI am teaching this lesson to help Kindergarten students learn and recognize basic Geometric shapes.The students will be able to identify basic geometric shapes and recognize different shapes and objects in everyday life.By doing this lesson, I hope that the students are able to accomplish; identifying geometric objects, and are able to compose shapes in order to create an object.The students will use higher thinking skills by putting together different shapes in order to create and animal of their choice.The bottom line, is that the students will be able to identify basic geometric shapes and create and animal by putting shapes together.
4 Animal Shapes 5. Prerequisite Skills: Students need to be able to recognize colors, and be able to put different shapes together in order to create something.Since this is a lesson on basic geometric skills and the grade level is Kindergarten, the prerequisite skills are minimal to none.
5 6. Anticipatory SetBefore we start the lesson, I will show the students basic geometric shapes that I created and cut out myself from construction paper.We will review each shape so they can identify each one. I will then read the children a book called, “Color Zoo”, by Lois Ehlert.As we read the book, I will point out each shape and see if the students recognize the shapes.I will also point out each shape and demonstrate how they are connected to make a bigger shape.We will discuss how they can make different animals out of shapes.I will then ask the students what other animals they think they could create with shapes and tell them that they can use an animal they know or make up a new one.
7 7. Lesson Plan Goal, Objectives, and Purpose Students will learn and create basic geometric shapes and they will be able to use the shapes to create animals and other objects.Students will be able to identify and observe different geometric shapes inside the classroom and outside the classroom.It is important for the students to learn basic geometric shapes because everything in life has some form of shape.Learning basic geometric shapes is the foundation for higher levels of math and higher learning in other areas of education.
8 8. Instructional InputIn order to be successful students need to know and recognize the basic geometric shapes.Students need to be able to put together different geometric shapes in order to create an animal of their choice.Students will then print out the animal that they created and share their animal creations with the rest of the class.Students will let the rest of the class know; what kind of animal they created, and what shapes they used to create the animal.
10 10. Checking for Understanding I will check for understanding;After I show the children basic geometric shapes.After I introduce and read the book “Color Zoo”, by Lois Ehlert.We will review each shape and as I read the book I will check to see if the students are recognizing the shapes in the book.I will ask the students what animals and objects they can create using the shapes.I will show them how to use and create their shape animals with the construction paper geometric shapes that I created and how to use the tools to create their animals on the Smart board. And I will make sure that they understand how to use the tools on the Smart board .I will be there to help and assist the students with any questions of concerns they may have.I will help the students print out their animals to share with the class.I will ask multiple questions throughout the lesson to check for understanding, such as; “Does anyone know what shape this is?”, “How do we draw a triangle?”, etc.
11 11. Guided Practice Get the students into groups of 3-4 students. Take a group of students and show them how they will create an animal using the tools on the Smart board.Show the students a few different ways using the drawing tools to create geometric shapes.Show the students how to add color and use different tools.While one group is up at the Smart board, the other students, in their groups, can practice putting together geometric shapes to form an animal.
12 12. ClosureStudents will print out their shape animals and share them with the rest of the class.Students will tell the class what type of animal they created.Students will be able to identify the shapes that make up the animal and be able to tell the rest of the class what they are.
13 13. Independent PracticeStudents create an animal of their choice using the shapes, and other tools on the Smart board in order to create their animal.Students practice with cut out shapes before they go up to the Smart board.Students print out their animal to share with the class.
14 14. TechnologySmart board technology will be used as a part of this lesson. The students will create their own animals on the Smart board by drawing geometric shapes in order to form an animal of their choice.The infusion of the Smart board will enhance this lesson because it lets the students use Smart board technology and practice their shapes and also learn how to put the shapes together in order to form other objects.A. The students will have all the access that they need with the Smart board, they will go up to the Smart board with their groups but will each produce their own animals.B. The skills that the students will get out of this lesson; they will learn how to draw on the Smart board and the tools they need to use, geometric shapes, imagination and creation of their own geometric shaped animals.C. The resources needed to teach the technology of the lesson is the Smart board and the drawing tools on the Smart board.D. I will teach the students the technology skills by showing them the tools that they need on the Smart board in order to create their animals.E. For more information students may check out the websites below;, which helps students identify different geometric shapes., which shows students how to create different animals using geometric shapes.
15 Animal Shapes 15. Materials/Resources 16. Time Frame Basic geometric shapes cut out of paper (white paper or construction colored paper of your choice).The book, “Color Zoo”, by Lois Ehlert.Smart board technologyPrinterActivity time: Approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour.
16 17. Activities/ Procedure 1. Show the students basic geometric shapes.2. Review each shape so they can identify each one.3. Tell the children that we will be reading a book and see if they can identify the shapes throughout the book.4. Read the book the, “Color Zoo”, by Lois Ehlert pointing out each shape and how they are connected to make a bigger shape.5. Discuss how they can make different animals out of shapes.6. Ask what other animals they think they could create out of shapes. Tell them that they can use an animal they know or make up a new one.7. Put the students into groups of 3-4.8. Bring one group up at a time to the Smart board and show the group how to use the drawing tools to create geometric shapes and create their animals.9. While one group is up at the Smart board , the rest of the class is at their seats in their groups practicing with the paper geometric shapes.10. Each student will create an animal using geometric shapes on the Smart board and then print it out.11. Each student will then share with the class what type of animal they created and be able to identify the shapes they used.
17 18. Performance Assessment I will know that my instruction is successful when the students are able to clearly identify basic geometric shapes and they are able to create an animal of their choice using the basic shapes they were taught. (Summative evaluation).The designed lesson plan will meet the intended objectives.Learning, identifying and being able to implement the geometric shapes shows that the students were able to achieve the desired capabilities that were defined in the objectives.Asking what the students know about shapes in the beginning of the lesson and showing them basic geometric shapes will provide me with the formative evaluation.The performance assessment strategy that I use for this lesson are performance tasks.
18 Can the student clearly identify basic geometric shapes? RubricExcellentGoodFairPoorCan the student clearly identify basic geometric shapes?Did the student understand the Smart board technology?Was the student able to create the Performance Task (animal)?Did the student state what kind of animal they created, and correctly identify the types of geometric shapes they used to create the animal, during their presentation?Did the student speak clearly during the presentation?
19 19. Follow-up/Extension Activity Students can create a picture of the environment that their animal may live in. They can use a piece of paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, poster board, etc. Students can use their imaginations in order to create an environment for their animals.Students can create a habitat that their animal may live in. They can do this in a number of ways including; using a shoe box, cardboard, construction paper, poster board, etc. By using their imaginations the students can come up with all sorts of ways to create and build a habitat for their animals.
20 20. ReflectionI believe that this lesson went well. It was a basic lesson for Kindergarten students to teach them basic geometric shapes and to show them how to implement these shapes in different ways. The children were able to identify different geometric shapes after this lesson. They could identify shapes in the classroom as well as in the outside world. Learning these shapes is important because it is part of the foundation for future mathematic lessons and many other future academic lessons. Some ways that I could change and/or do this lesson differently would be; use a different program instead of the Smart board. One of the suggestions was to use the Microsoft Paint program. Microsoft Paint is an older form of technology so therefore I would have had to taken the students to the computer lab where each student would have their own computer and would have been able to create their own animal that way. I liked the fact that the students were able to work together in groups and able to use the Smart board in order to figure out how to create their animals. There are many variations that could be done with this lesson and that is one of the things that I liked best about it. For the students that needed more support, they can complete the basic shapes on a piece of paper and use markers, crayons, etc. to color in their animals and then share their creations with the class.
21 21. References Works Cited (n.d.). Retrieved from(n.d.). Retrieved fromBrooks, H. (2013). Teacher. Cuyahoga, Ohio: Animal Shapes.Ehlert, L. (1989). Color Zoo. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-publication-data.