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This is a geometry lesson on shapes found in an African village


Math, Social Studies  



Title – Shapes
By – Kimberly Dorsey
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies
Grade Level – 1


  • Mathematics – Standard 3
  • Social Studies – Standard 3

Instructional Objective:

  • Student will be able to identify a square, a circle, and a triangle.
  • The student will be able to recognize the words square, circle, and triangle.
  • The student will be able to match these words to the corresponding shapes.


  • Present the students with items that are familiar and interesting to them (e.g., pizza, a yo-yo, a book, etc.). Ask the students to say something about each object.
  • Assuming that the students describe the object as things that you eat, play with, etc., further ask them to state what shape each object is.
  • Next, take out index cards which have the names of each shape on them. Hold up one card at a time and ask the students to read the words.
  • Once the students have read each word (with guidance), ask them to match the words to the corresponding objects.
  • After this is finished, practice reading each word as a group and discuss the properties of each shape (e.g., a triangle has three sides, a square has four sides, etc.).

Materials/Resources Needed:

  • A Triangle for Adaora , by Ifeoma Onyefulu
  • Different shaped items
  • Three pieces of poster board
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Index cards
  • Chalkboard
  • Chalk


  • After finishing the motivation portion of the lesson, show the students A Triangle for Adaora and tell them it is a book about a girl who is searching for a triangle in Africa.
  • Show the students where Africa is on the map in relation to where they live.
  • Then ask the students to look for all the shapes we discussed.
  • Finally, ask the students to listen to hear the names of shapes that may be unfamiliar to them (i.e., crescent).


  • Read A Triangle for Adaora and point out all the different shapes in the story.
  • Also point out any cultural facts observed during the reading.

Guided Practice:

  • Break the students into three groups and pass out scissors, glue, poster board, and magazines.
  • Then ask each group to choose one shape for their poster. Ask one student in the group to write the name of their shape at the top of their poster.
  • Then hand out magazines to each group and help each group find one example of their shape in a magazine.

Independent Practice:

    Students will continue looking through magazines for their shape. They will then cut and paste the shapes onto their poster.


    Each group will present their poster to the class.


    For homework, student will be required to find different shaped items in their homes and will bring in one example to share with the class the following day.

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