October SHAPES Up!
October is a wonderful month to review shapes! I have some fun activities to help you do just that.
Kids love candy and in case you haven’t noticed, candy comes in every shape you need, even the more difficult 3-dimensional ones, so why not take “sweet” advantage?
Make a treat bag (I have several samples to choose from) and fill it with an example of each shape of candy. Click on the link to view/print the patterns. Treat bag samples.
Play a “Guess What Shape The Candy Is?” game with your students as you display the bag on your lap and pull out a piece of candy, showing it to your students as they sit on the floor in front of you.
As a treat, you could give each of them a triangular piece of candy corn, or make up a treat bag for everybody.
The Dollar Store has a nice selection of inexpensive paper ones, as well as Ziploc Snack Baggies that come in packs of 18-24.
If you do make up a bag for everyone, they can take it back to their desk and sort the candy on the shape sorting mats, or you can do a whole-group assessment and have children spill the candy out.
Teacher says: “Show me the triangle, show me the sphere, cube, etc.” ‘til you have reviewed each shape.
Tell the students that they may eat their M&M, Skittle or Smartie (one piece of candy that is not a big deal, but will satisfy them) and then put all of the rest back in their bag to take home so that they can share the lesson with their family.
What's Missing Candy Game?
- You could also transition to having your students sit in a circle on the floor.
- Arrange one piece of each of the 3-D - shaped examples of candy on the carpet in the middle.
- Have students close their eyes. Hold a sheet of orange construction paper over the candy, and with your other hand, remove one of the pieces of candy.
- Tell your students to open their eyes.
- The first one to say the missing SHAPE wins a piece of candy corn.
- To make the game more difficult add another different kind of candy.
- Remember to review the different names of the SHAPES in the circle as you add candy.
- You can also play a separate game with the regular-shaped candy, or for older students combine both 3-D and regular shaped candy!
I have purchased candy and taken pictures with a white or black background for you to print off and laminate for your classroom.
Click on the link to view/print 17 black and white background 3-D and regular shape posters
You can hold them up and use them as a review of the various shapes, a comparison of the 3-D shapes with the flat shapes, a memory match game, counting fun, discussions, writing prompts, or graphing extensions.
Click on the link to view/print shape graphs.
When you are done using them, hang them up in your room. I truly believe that if a student “sees” a shape in real life, especially one that they can identify with, it helps them remember the name.
If you think of other ways to use them, I’d enjoy hearing from you so I can pass along the idea to help everyone! firstname.lastname@example.org
October Shape Booklets:
I have a variety of cute shape booklets (over 50!) that my own students really enjoy making and parents have given lots of positive feedback about.
Here are some of our favorites for October:Halloween Triangles: Students read, trace, write, count, and color the Halloween triangles. They enjoy "Tally Time" and having their opinions graphed of what triangle character was their favorite. The Monster's Head: Students enjoy coloring a cute creepy-shaped creature as they review shapes, numbers and colors. Pumpkin Eyes: Great as a listening and following direction tool. Includes a shape-magnet manipulative craft activity. My Pumpkin: Students trace and write the shape words as they make a story to read, while drawing a Jack-O-Lantern. Click on the links.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Shapes (Complete with a head and manipulatives you can make and pass out to your students so they can "feed" her.) The Shapes of October, The Shape of my Kitty's Tongue (Perfect for a black cat mini-unit) + Shape booklets involving an Acorn, Spider, Bat, Leaf, Candy Corn and Scarecrow!
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Fun Shape Freebies:
Don't forget to check out this month's free booklet, A Flame On My Candle, which also involves shapes, as well as all the cute shape activities in our Book of the Month side-blog to go along with Go Away Big Green Monster. Your students will especially enjoy the envelope monster that eats shapes.
I also made up some shape word flashcards. You can put them up on your word wall, or make Memory Match games.
My students enjoy tracing them and making them into Itty Bitty books. Click on the link to view/print the shape word cards.
I think building a child’s self-esteem is extremely important. One way I do this is via certificates of praise. Click on the link to view/print a certificate for 3-D shapes or a certificate for regular shapes.
I hope you found these ideas helpful and that things really shape up for you and yours