But first, we have a discussion and define what makes a square a square, a circle a circle, a triangle a triangle and a rectangle a rectangle.
We have a discussion on how everything has a shape. And that we really need to look at things to figure what shape it is and how that helps us in art. I have recently added 3D shapes and must say I'm amazed at how many of the little ones know about spheres, cylinders, pyramids and cubes!
Then, I past out shapes to students and have them match it up with things in the art room. This is the fun part as everyone is walking around the room finding shapes! Students start making connections. This wonderful introduction into geometric shapes usually will take up one class session.
When students return the following week, we do a quick review and I read either the book at the top of this post or this book-
Students then choose a shape to work with to make art.
I use the sheet below and photocopy it onto colored copy paper. I separate the shapes and have children pick which shape they wish to focus on.
Keep it simple the voice in my head tells me!
I feel the need to apologize for the lack of student work in this post. The last time I did this lesson, writing a blog was the furthest thing from my mind! So, I didn't obsess on taking photos ALL THE TIME, like I do NOW! Hope this will still inspire you all!
I can't believe the end of the school year is in sight. I have been packing my little heart out as I will be returning to my newly renovated school in August! More on that another time!
Thanks for reading!!
I would love to know the fun things you do to teach shapes to your students!