How to Teach Pre-K and Kindergarten Kids to Recognize a Square

  • How to Teach Pre-K and Kindergarten Kids to Recognize a Square
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  • Hello, are you ready to engage your pre-k and kindergarteners in an interactive, fun, flat-shaped learning experience on identifying which Shape is a square? To do this, we have created a simple lesson plan on how to teach pre-k and kindergarten kids to recognize a square.

    Squares are one of the basic math shapes kids need to learn. They have four equal sides and four right angles. In this lesson plan, you will teach pre-k and kindergarten kids how to recognize a square among other shapes using a video, games, and crafts.

What is the interest in following the square shape recognition lesson plan for kids?

  • Square shape recognition is an essential skill for kids to develop early on. It helps them to identify and classify objects in their environment, as well as to understand basic concepts of geometry and math. Following a square shape recognition lesson plan, kids can learn to recognize squares in different sizes, colors, and orientations and compare and contrast them with other shapes.

    They can also practice their fine motor skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities by drawing, cutting, and arranging squares in various ways.

  • Grade Level: Pre-K | Kindergarten | Grade 1

    Duration: 20 - 30 minutes

    Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

    • Identify a square by its name and properties
    • Find squares in different orientations and sizes
    • Compare squares with other shapes

This lesson plan is flexible and adaptable to different classroom settings and situations. You can adjust the duration, difficulty, and number of activities according to your students' needs and interests. You can also use different materials and resources that are available to you.

  • Previous knowledge

    Kids should be familiar with the names and features of standard shapes, such as circles, triangles, and rectangles.


    For this lesson, you will need:

    • A computer or a projector to show the video
    • A whiteboard or a chart paper to draw shapes
    • A set of shape cards with squares and other shapes
    • A set of shape stickers or cut-outs with squares and other shapes
    • A set of paper plates or cardboard circles
    • A set of crayons or markers
    • A pair of scissors
    • Glue or tape



    • Introduce the lesson

      • Greet the kids and tell them they will learn about a unique shape called a square today.
      • Ask them if they know what a square looks like and if they can name some things shaped like squares.
      • Show them the video from com that explains what a square is and how to find it among other shapes. (
      • Pause the video at different points and ask questions to check their understanding, such as:
      • How many sides does a square have?
      • How many corners does a square have?
      • How do you know if a shape is a square or not?
      • Can you point to the squares on the screen?
    • Warm-up

      To start the lesson,

      • Divide the kids into small groups and give each group a set of shape cards with squares and other shapes.
      • Tell them to sort the cards into two piles: one for squares and one for non-squares.
      • Please encourage them to use the properties of squares that they learned from the video to check their answers.
      • Walk around the groups and provide feedback and guidance as needed.
      • After they finish sorting, ask each group to count how many squares and non-squares they have.
      • Write the numbers on the board or the chart paper and compare them with the other groups.
    • Introducing the concept

      • Tell the kids that squares can come in different sizes and orientations, but they are still squares as long as they have four equal sides and four right angles.
      • Draw examples of squares on the board or the chart paper in different sizes and orientations, such as big, small, tilted, or upside down.
      • Ask the kids to identify which shapes are squares and which are not.
      • Explain that sometimes, we can find squares inside other shapes, such as rectangles or diamonds.
      • Draw some examples of shapes that contain squares inside them, such as a window, a flag, or a kite.
      • Ask the kids to point out where the squares are in each shape.
    • Activities and games

      For the main activity,

      • Give each kid a paper plate, a cardboard circle, and a set of shape stickers or cut-outs with squares and other shapes.
      • Tell them to use the stickers or cut-outs to make a picture on their plate or circle with at least one square in it.
      • They can use their imagination and creativity to make any picture they want, such as a house, a car, a face, or an animal.
      • Remind them to use only one sticker or cut-out for each shape and not to overlap them.
      • Provide crayons or markers to add details and colors to their pictures.
      • Help them cut out their pictures with scissors and glue or tape them on another piece of paper.
    • Group Sharing

      After the activity,

      • Ask each kid to show their picture to the class and explain what they made and where the square is in their picture.
      • Praise their work and ask questions to reinforce their learning, such as:
      • What is the name of your picture?
      • How many squares did you use in your picture?
      • What are some other shapes that you used in your picture?
      • How did you make your picture look interesting?
      • Can you find any other squares in your picture that you did not notice before?
    • Conclusion

      • Review the main points of the lesson by asking questions such as:
        • What did we learn today?
        • What is a square?
        • How can we find a square among other shapes?
        • What are some things that are shaped like squares?
        • How can we make pictures with squares and other shapes?
      • Congratulate the kids for their hard work and creativity. Tell them that they did a great job learning about squares.
      • Display their pictures on the wall or the bulletin board for everyone to see and admire.


✨ Assessment

  • To assess the kids' learning, you can use the following methods:
  • Observe their participation and performance during the activities and the group sharing.
  • Check their sorting of the shape cards and their identification of the squares on the board or the chart paper.
  • Look at their pictures and see if they used at least one square and if they can explain where it is.

Ask them to complete a worksheet or a quiz that asks them to name, draw, or find squares among other shapes.


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