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Shapes Are Everywhere at School!

Sherry McCullough
Southport Elementary (Bay District Schools)


This math mini-unit involves students in hands-on activities where they learn to recognize two- and three-deminsional shapes, their similiarities and differences. The lessons provide many opportunities for students to sort shapes according to geometric shapes, as well as, attributes. The unit involves students in both understanding and using maps skills while creating school site maps(addresses simple maps and NOT globes and other three-dimensional models). Shapes represent important sites within the school building and provide real world situations for students to work in. The unit fosters learning and application of grade level expectations aligned with the standards.


How many two and three-dimensional shapes do you see?
How can you use these, the building site shapes, to find important locations at our school?
Why are maps helpful to us?
Did using the school campus map help you find your way around our school?


The planned duration of this activity is 7 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Diagnostic Assessment (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Lesson Plans

Sammy Discovers Shapes at School
Introduce the students to maps, take them on a grand tour of the school campus, and then involve them in real world experiences using maps!

Learn The Shapes!
Students are introduced to two-dimensional shapes and explore their similarities and differences. They go on a “Shape Search” and create illustrations of shapes to share with their peers!

Explore Three-Dimensional Shapes
Students are “Shapes” for the day, They are assigned to a shape group and will be exploring three-dimensional shapes. They are continuing to review map skills and two-dimensional shapes while being involved in fun and enriching activities.

Create A Map!
Students are independently and actively involved in creating their own school campus maps and they also review two- and three- dimensional shapes.

Shape City
Students engage in review activities, identifying two- and three-dimensional shapes, and by describing similarities/differences and attributes. The teacher creates a model building. Then, students design and construct buildings to be added to a class Shape City.
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