What's My Shape?

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Lesson Plan Details
45 minutes
Learning Objectives/Student Outcomes: 

Students will learn to identify shapes and their names. Students will identify the shape of common objects.


Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh shape templates Construction Paper "What's My Shape?" Reproducible Chart paper Scissors Markers Glue


Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to print the shape templates and photocopy them onto different colors of construction paper. You will need one set of shapes for each student and an extra set for the lesson.

Learning Experiences and Activities: 

In this lesson, the teacher will read Mouse Shapes. After you have read the story, ask students to name the shapes that the mice find in the story (square, triangle, rectangle, circle, oval, and diamond). Explain to the students that there are mathematical name for the diamond. It is called a rhombus. List the shapes on chart paper, and then add "heart" and "star." Tell the students that they are going to learn about these shapes. Procedure 1. Give each student a set of paper shapes. 2. Have students stand in a circle. Have them place their shapes on the floor in front of them. 3. Tell the students you are going to review the names of each shape by singing the "Hokey Pokey!" Instead of putting an arm or leg "in" or "out," students will use the shape that you call out. 4. Begin the song by naming the shape you'll use first. Encourage the students to pick up the correct shape to use as their prop as they sing along! Teacher calls out "square!" You put your square in. You put your square out. You put your square in. And you shake it all about! You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around ! That's what it's all about! Teacher calls out:"now circle!" 5. Continue singing until you have used all eight shapes.


1. Give each student a copy of the "What's My Shape?" Reproducible. 2. Have students cut out the objects and glue them onto the corresponding shape.

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