Description and Goals:


  • Sort shapes
  • Match shapes by comparing attributes of the shape (roundness, number of sides, number of corners)
  • Identify and describe the attributes of each shape
  • Trace the five basic shapes
  • Cut the outlines of the five basic shapes
  • Form shapes using a variety of means (in sand, with playdough, with yarn, with rubber bands, etc.)
  • Find shapes in everyday objects

Resources and Ideas to Add to the Shapes Tub:

Shape File Folder Games (For example: File Folder Games For Reading and Math: Kindergarten Book 1 by  Karen Finch, Carson Dellossa Publishing, 1990 (CD 2002))

Box It Bag It Games (For example: Shape Spinners and Scissors and Shape, Spin, and Trace from Box-It Bag-It Math book Shapes by Donna Burk, The Math Learning Center, 1988.)

  • Create shape rubbings
  • Form shapes from playdough
  • Given a variety of shapes, students create shape pictures
  • Form shapes on geoboards with the rubberbands
  • Play shape memory
  • Find shapes in the following children's books

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban
The Shape of Things by Dale Ann Dodds
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Brown Rabbits Shape Book by Alan Baker
Circus Shapes by Stuart Murphy
Shape Spotters by Megan Bryant
Sea Shapes by Suse Mac Donald
I See Shapes by Marcia Fries

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