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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