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What Does It Take?

Lillian Romans
Leon County Schools


After playing a game called, What Does It Take? the students will be involved in cooperative groups (or learning stations) to explore and investigate attributes of circles, squares, triangles and rectangles.


The student knows the attributes of circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles (for example, edges, corners, curves).


-A bag with cutout of circles, squares, triangles,
retangles (4 different colors)
-Pattern Blocks
-Paper cut in half (4 per student)
-Old Magazines
-Shape Book Covers (see associated file)
-Four Sheets of Chart Paper


1.Cut out shapes with an Ellison die (circles, squares, triangles, rectangles)
2. Get a large brown bag to hold cut out shapes.
3. Post charts labeled, Shapes That Are Alike, Shapes That Are Different.
4. Post blank chart paper to be accessible for teacher modeling.
5. Cut My Shape Books pages apart.
6. After cutting shape book pages apart, staple one shape page on top of 4 sheets of paper cut in half.
7.Tell students to cut out shapes by cutting through all pages of the booklet. When they are finished cutting, the booklet should be in the shape of a circle, square, triangle or rectangle. (May need to assist some students with cutting out booklets)


1.Hold up the bag with cutouts of circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles.

2.Have each student draw a shape out of bag and identify shape and color. Use the terminology listed in the assessment to further describe the shape. Ask students to repeat the words and point the attribute out on the shape itself (corner, etc.)

3.Tell students they are going to sort shapes in two groups.

4.On chart 1 write, Shapes That Are Alike. On chart 2 write, Shapes That Are Different.

5. Discuss what it takes to make this shape and words we can use to describe them.

6. Model drawing each shape as the students dictate using words (like curve around, straight line, it must have four corners, etc.)

7. Divide class into four small groups and have each table cut out an item from the magazine that is the shape of the book and glue one on each page. (students may draw pictures instead of cutting from magazine) Each group will complete one shape book.

8. Display student booklets in class library.


Students will identify attributes of a circle, square, triangle, and rectangle by sorting and putting in categories on charts. (Shapes with Curves and Shapes with Corners)
Students should dentity attributes of a circle, square, triangle and rectangle by verbally describing shapes using words such as: curves, corners, 3 sided, 4 sided, edges.
Have a checklist handy with student names to indicate students who cannot name the attributes of shapes. This is a formative assessment and some students may need to redo it until they can name the attributes.


This lesson can be extended into a writing lesson by allowing students to draw shapes randomly from a bag. Have them paste their shapes on a sheet of drawing paper. Tell each student to then complete a pictures using the shape. Students can write about their pictures or they can be dictated to the teacher. Put together as a class book and place in class library.

Web Links

This weblink is a resource that contains a 5 day unit that will give more ideas for this benchmark grades K-2.
Geo Jammin

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