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Subject: Mathematics

#4724. Animal Shapes

Mathematics, level: Kindergarten
Posted 06/12/2013 by Heather Brooks (Heather Brooks).
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Materials Required: geometric shapes (several sets), "Color Zoo" by Lois Ehlert, Microsoft Pain program, print
Activity Time: approximately 45 minutes
Concepts Taught: Basic geometry shapes

Goal: identify basic geometric shapes and create an animal by putting shapes together
Math core standards: CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.5, CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.6
Identify basic geometric shapes
Compose larger shapes (animals) by joining smaller shapes together
Materials: basic geometric shapes(several sets), computer program Microsoft Paint, printer, white paper, book Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Show students basic geometric shapes. Review each shape so they can identify each one
Tell the children we will be reading a book and see if they can recognize the shapes
Read Color Zoo pointing out each shape and how they are connected to make a bigger shape
Discuss how they can make different animals out of the shapes
Ask what other animals they think they could create with shapes. Tell them they can use an animal they know or make up a new one
Guided Practice
Take students in small groups to show them how they will create an animal using computer program; Microsoft paint
Other children can practice putting geometric shapes together to form an animal
Review the following tools and how to use them: shapes, clicking and dragging to change size of shape, fill, outline, print
Independent Practice
Students create an animal of their choosing using the shapes, shape, fill, outline tools.
Students print their animal to share with the class and post
Advanced students can create a picture of the environment their animal may live in.
Students needing support can complete the basic shapes using paint and then print and color the animal using crayons or colored pencils

Students share their shape animals; type of animal and identify shapes that make up the animal