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Lower Elementary
  • Kindergarten
  • Lesson Plan
  • Shapes
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    Shapes in the World

    Shapes in the World


    This is a lesson plan that would be used at/near the end of a Kindergarten unit learning about shapes. Students will find shapes in the world and take pictures of them to share with the class in a presentation.


    Shapes aren't just blocks or pictures on a paper, they are found everywhere. Recognize shapes in the classroom, house, nature, etc. and take pictures of them.

    Time Frame: During center time over 2 days (1 hour each day). 15 minute centers.

    Group Size: 3-4 students

    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, you will need to have an understanding of simple shapes (square, rectangle, circle, triangle, hexagon) and how they are everywhere in the world- in buildings, toys, furniture, art, nature, etc. You will also need to know how to use a digital camera or camera phone to take clear pictures. Lastly, you will need to know how to make a slideshow presentation with Adobe Spark. Here is a tutorial that walks you through Adobe Spark - it specifically shows how to make a slideshow starting at 11:20.

    Student Prior Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of what squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, and hexagons are and what they look like. They also need to be able to take pictures with a camera (can be with adult help).

    Student Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, specifically square, circle, triangle, rectangle, and hexagon.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will take pictures of shapes in the environment and create a short presentation describing the objects and their shapes.

    Instructional Procedures

    For homework before, the students will have taken pictures of shapes and saved them to Google drive or emailed to the teacher.

     AT HOME:

    1. Find objects in your home or outside that are these shapes: square, triangle, rectangle, circle, and hexagon.

    2. Use a camera (digital, phone, iPad/tablet, etc.) to take pictures of these objects. Make sure to only have one shape in each picture. 

    3. Upload the 5 pictures to a computer and save them to the class Google Drive into the folder marked with your child's name OR email them to the teacher at



    1. Students will go to their centers.

    2. Teacher will have a small group at the Chromebooks center with Adobe Spark ready to go.

    3. Open Google Drive and download the shapes pictures (previously taken- If they were emailed, the teacher will have uploaded them to Google Drive).

    4. Create a title for the presentation.

    5. Add pictures to the presentation and create an audio recording of what the picture is and what shape it is. The last slide of the presentation will have their name as the photographer. This will teach them to cite ownership of digital images.

    6. Download the finished presentation. 

    7. Click the Adobe Spark Home button to get ready for the next group.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Extra support: If a student is unable to get pictures at home, the teacher will help the student take pictures of shapes in the classroom, or outside if time allows.

    Advanced: Students may show their knowledge and be more descriptive in their audio recording; possibly explaining how they know an object is that shape (it is a triangle because it has 3 sides and 3 angles).

    Assessment Plan

    Over the next few days, we will watch the presentations in class to see all of the pictures of shapes. Teacher will grade each presentation based on the attached rubric.