Shaping Up in First

I am happy to say that in First Grade, we have finally moved out of addition and subtraction and onto our next unit: Shapes! I’m excited to move to shapes, mainly because I know I was getting sick of addition and subtraction. Of course we’ll continue to circle back to addition and subtraction, and I’ll be throwing in practice here and there, but I know I’m definitely ready for something new.


Here is the functional (but still fun) anchor chart I made for our exploration of 2-D shapes. I start using the term vertices with my firsties because I’m a firm believe in using the “proper” terms for things. Why not teach them when they’re young? (Sorry for the blurriness, I am desperately in need of a new camera.)

shape poster

I started my lesson by taking my clock off the wall (which my students thought was bizarre) and I said, “Pretend you had to tell me about this object, but you couldn’t use it’s name. What would you say?” Well, we just started learning about adjectives this week as well, and I was very impressed by their descriptions! They told me it had 12 black numbers, 3 hands, two black, one red, it made a tick, tick sound, the back was white, the sides were black, and the front was clear and it’s hard, etc. etc. We eventually got to “round” and a “circle” and I explained that all solid objects have a shape are we are going to start learning about 2-dimensional, or flat, shapes.

Next they got in small groups with chart paper and markers and made a poster of all of the 2-D shapes they already know and then we shared them out. Boy, do they know a lot of shapes! One little boy even had a semi-circle!

We came back together and I explained that we describe 2-D shapes using the terms sides and vertices.

2-D Shape Terms

We used our arms to remember the sides are straight lines so we put our arms out. Vertices are corners, so we bent our arms up like we were flexing and touched our elbow, the vertex. They really liked the vertices part because they, of course, liked showing off their muscles. πŸ˜‰

We also made our 2-D Shape Books.

Shape Book

Β The shape book is part of my Super Shapes Packet which includes 2D and 3D practice sheet. You can check it out on TpT by clicking the picture below.

Shape Packet Cover

All in all, I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with shapes this year. I have some more fun stuff planned for this week. πŸ™‚

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week!

Martha from Primary Paradise

What do you do to introduce shapes? Leave a comment below!

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