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Early [PK-K] Lesson Plan

Intro to Shape - Circle and Triangle Lions

Created on October 17, 2011 by imagiNATION

This is an introduction to what makes a shape as well as a focus lesson on identifying and creating circles and triangles. As it is so fundamental, it is suitable for pre-k or kinders.

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1 session; 60 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify if an object is a shape or not
2. SWBAT define shape
3. SWBAT identify a circle and triangle
4. SWBAT create a circle and triangle
5. SWBAT make controlled lines with a crayon by coloring from the wrist.

1. Shape Worksheet (circle and triangle)
2. Sheet Protectors
3. Dry Erase Markers/Erasers
4. Art Journals/Practice Paper
5. Black Construction Paper
6. Construction Paper Crayons
7. Art Prints or PPT featuring works of art that highlight circles and triangles

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1. TW teach the chant "Shapes are made of lines that are closed" with motions.
2. TW draw different shapes and non-shapes on the board, explaining why one is a shape and one is not. (lines have to be closed to make a shape)
3. SW identify if something is a shape or not using motions (closed loop above head for shape, hands up in "touchdown" position if it is not a shape). TW ask individual students to explain their answer throughout.
4. TW end with circle and triangle having students identify their name and features. Explain that shapes with names and rules like a circle and triangle are the same shapes we use in math. These have a fancy name, geometric shapes. Have students repeat a few times.
5. TW project/show various artworks that feature circles and/or triangles having students find and identify them.
6. SW trace over shapes on sheet protected worksheets with dry erase markers to practice creating circles and triangles.(2 times per shape worksheet - I had one in the front and one in the back so they could just flip over their paper)
7. SW free draw circles and triangles in their art journals/on practice paper.
8. TW lead a guided drawing of a lion, using circles and triangles, in their art journals
9. TW demo, SW follow along, the correct way to color (coloring from the wrist and not the arm) as well as the incorrect way (using the whole arm). End on correct practice.
10. SW create a final lion on black construction paper using construction paper crayons. They will then color their lion carefully.

The lesson will be assessed through a rubric

Shapes will formally be assessed through a unit test after 4 lessons on shape. (this being the first)

The kinders really loved discovering that they shapes they knew could create a new picture.

As we went with this project I gave them choices such as: which way to orient the paper, having a scary or friendly lion (sharp or dull teeth), giving their lion a large or small mane, mane shape etc. to get them thinking about artistic choices and adding their own voice to their art.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum