Which Shape is a Rectangle? – Lesson Plan

  • Which Shape is a Rectangle? – Lesson Plan
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  • Explore this engaging lesson plan designed to teach and develop pre-kindergartners and kindergartners shape recognition skills, spatial awareness, and critical thinking. "Which Shape is a Rectangle?" introduces early learners to the unique characteristics of rectangles through a video from Mathskills4kids.com, interactive activities, and games.

    Rectangles are one of the most common shapes in our everyday life. They are flat shapes with four straight sides and four right angles. In this lesson, students will learn how to recognize rectangles and distinguish them from other shapes.

Flat shapes lesson plan for kids

  • Rectangle shape recognition is a useful skill for kids to develop their spatial awareness, geometry and problem-solving abilities. By following a lesson plan that introduces rectangles as a type of quadrilateral with four right angles and two pairs of equal sides, kids can learn to identify, compare and classify different shapes based on their properties.

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

    Duration: 20 - 30 minutes

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

    • Define what a rectangle is
    • Identify rectangles in different orientations and sizes
    • Sort shapes into rectangles and non-rectangles

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

    Students should have some prior exposure to basic shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, and ovals.


    For this lesson, you will need:

    • A computer or a projector to show the video from mathskills4kids.com (https://youtu.be/O_T3pbbCUC8).
    • A set of shape cards with different shapes, including rectangles
    • A large sheet of paper or a poster board with a rectangle drawn on it
    • A basket or a box to collect the shape cards
    • Glue or tape
    • Crayons or markers



    • Warm-up

      To start the lesson,

      • Show the students the video from mathskills4kids.com and ask them to watch carefully and repeat the words after the narrator.
      • Pause the video after each shape is introduced, and ask the students to name the shape and point to an example in the classroom.
      • Emphasize the features of a rectangle: four straight sides, four right angles, and opposite sides are equal.
    • Introducing the concept

      After watching the video,

      • Review the definition of a rectangle with the students and show them examples of rectangles in different orientations and sizes.
      • Ask the students to find more examples of rectangles in the classroom or in their own belongings and share them with the class.
      • Explain that rectangles can be big or small, wide or narrow, horizontal or vertical, but they always have four straight sides and four right angles.
    • Activities and games

      For the main activity,

      • Divide the students into small groups and give each group a set of shape cards.
      • Ask the students to sort the shape cards into two piles: rectangles and non-rectangles.
      • Encourage the students to check each shape card carefully and use their fingers to trace the sides and angles.
      • When they are done, ask them to count how many rectangles and non-rectangles they have in each pile.
    • Group Sharing

      After the activity,

      • Invite each group to present their results to the class and explain how they sorted the shape cards.
      • Ask the other groups to comment on their work and give feedback.
      • Correct any mistakes or misconceptions that may arise and reinforce the criteria for identifying rectangles.
    • Conclusion

      To wrap up the lesson,

      • Review the lesson's main points with the students and ask them to repeat the definition of a rectangle.
      • Show them the large paper or poster board with a rectangle drawn on it and ask them to help you decorate it with their shape cards.
      • Glue or tape the rectangle cards on the big rectangle’s outline and arrange the non-rectangle cards around it.
      • Ask the students to name some shapes they see on the poster and praise their work.


✨ Assessment

  • Observe the students' participation and performance during the warm-up, activity, and group sharing.
  • Check their understanding of rectangles by asking them questions such as:
  • How many sides does a rectangle have?
  • How many angles does a rectangle have?
  • What kind of angles are they?
  • How can you tell if a shape is a rectangle or not?
  • Can you find a rectangle in this picture?

Can you draw a rectangle for me?


🌈 Have fun teaching and learning about flat shapes! Remember, you're doing an amazing job, teachers! 🎉 For more math videos and resources, visit our website at https://mathskills4kids.com/. 🌟


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