Lessons for younger kids need to be fun, dynamic and full of suprises. The best thing about teaching Pre- K and Kinder is how excited the kids get when you teach them anything. Now if you make that ‘anything‘ fun then you have a hit!
My Pre-K class was reviewing shapes in their class so I planned the following lesson for them which they all loved. Plan for two lessons when you do this with Pre-K and Kindergarten and you can adapt this idea to other grade levels.
We started the lesson by remembering all the shapes Pre-K knew and learned in their classroom. Here I pretended to ‘forget‘ my shapes so they could teach me all the shapes again (they love doing this!). We shouted out the names and drew squares, rectangles, circles, diamonds, ovals, triangles, etc. in the air with big arm strokes.
Each student got a big plain colored paper and drew their favorite shapes (not too small, not too big) on the paper with a pencil. They outlined their shapes with a black crayon, colred them in and then cut them out.
The students chose a big colored paper, glued their shapes and transformed them by adding arms, legs, hats, ears, hair, feet, shoes, etc. Other details like the weather, houses, grass, flowers were also encouraged. This was a perfect lesson to review shapes and turn them into awesome art work!
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Thanks for the great lesson! I modified it a little by using color theory by making “sad” and “happy” shape people. The kids drew dancing, smiling people for their red, purple, orange people and then drew droopy, frown faces for brown and black color. The kids loved the idea of making shape people! Thanks again!
Great idea–i will try that next time too! Thanks.