What Is a Cylinder and How to Recognize it in Our Everyday Objects? - Lesson Plan

  • What Is a Cylinder and How to Recognize it in Our Everyday Objects? - Lesson Plan
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  • Do you know what a cylinder is? It is a 3D shape with two circular bases and a curved surface. You can see cylinders in many things, such as cans, bottles, pipes, and even some fruits and vegetables.

    This lesson, is giving to help kids to learn how to recognize cylinders among solid figures, such as cubes, spheres, and cones. You will also learn how to describe their features and compare them with other shapes. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to answer the question: "Which shape is a cylinder?" confidently and easily.

Why Cone Lesson Plan Is Great for Kids

  • Learning about 3D shapes is an essential skill for young children. It helps them develop their spatial awareness, vocabulary, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

    By following this lesson plan, your students will have fun learning about cylinders simply and engagingly. They will watch a video (https://youtu.be/6ei4sVrEyvY) that explains the concept of cylinders in a friendly and precise manner.

    They will also participate in some activities and games that will reinforce their understanding and allow them to practice their skills. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to share their ideas and discoveries with their peers, which will boost their communication and social skills.

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

    Duration: 20 - 30 minutes

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

    • Identify cylinders among other 3D shapes
    • Name some examples of cylinders in real-life
    • Describe the features of cylinders, such as curved surfaces and circular bases
    • Compare cylinders with other solid figures, such as cubes, spheres, and cones

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

    Before attending this lesson, your students should know:

    • The names of some basic 2D shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles
    • The difference between flat and curved surfaces
    • The concept of symmetry


    For this lesson, you will need:

    • A computer or a projector to show the video (https://youtu.be/6ei4sVrEyvY)
    • Some objects with cylinder shapes like, cans, bottles, pipes, etc.
    • Some objects that are not cylinders, such as cubes, spheres, cones, etc.
    • Some paper and crayons or markers for the activities



    • Introduce the lesson

      To introduce the lesson, you can ask your students several questions to activate their prior knowledge and spark their curiosity. For example:

      • What are some shapes that you know?
      • How can you tell if a shape is flat or curved?
      • Can you name some objects that have flat or curved surfaces?
      • Have you ever seen a shape with two circles and a curved surface? What is it called?
    • Warm-up

      To warm up your students' brains and prepare them for the lesson, you can show them the video from mathskills4kids.com. The video is about 4 minutes long, and it helps practice what a cylinder is and how to recognize it among other 3D shapes. The video is narrated by B-Facto, a friendly, lively character who speaks clearly. You can pause the video at specific points for students to answer questions, ask them questions, or check their understanding. For example:

      • What are the two parts of a cylinder called?
      • How many curved surfaces does a cylinder have?
      • How can you tell if an object is a cylinder or not?
      • Can you name examples of cylinders that you can see around you?
    • Introducing the concept

      After watching the video, you can review the main points with your students and ensure they understand the cylinder concept. You can use some of the objects that you prepared as examples and ask your students to identify which ones are cylinders and which ones are not.

      You can also ask them to describe the features of cylinders, such as curved surfaces and circular bases. You can also compare cylinders with other solid figures, such as cubes, spheres, and cones. You can ask your students to notice the differences and similarities between these shapes. For example:

      • How many faces does a cube have? How many faces does a cylinder have?
      • How many edges does a sphere have? How many edges does a cylinder have?
      • How many vertices does a cone have? How many vertices does a cylinder have?
    • Activities and games

      To reinforce your students' learning and allow them to practice their skills, you can propose some activities and games that involve cylinders. Here are some examples:

      • Cylinder hunt: Ask your students to look around the classroom or the school and find as many objects that are cylinders as they can. They can write down their findings or take pictures of them. You can also give them a time limit or a challenge, such as finding the biggest or smallest cylinder or a cylinder of a specific color or material.
      • Cylinder collage: Ask your students to cut out some pictures of cylinders from magazines, newspapers, or catalogs. They can also draw their own cylinders if they want. Then, ask them to glue their pictures on a large piece of paper and make a collage. They can also label their pictures with the names of the cylinders or write some sentences about them.
      • Cylinder bingo: Prepare some bingo cards with pictures of different cylinders and non-cylinders. Give each student a card and some tokens or stickers. Call out the names of the objects and ask your students to cover the corresponding pictures on their cards—the first student to cover a row, a column, or a diagonal wins.
    • Group Sharing

      You can do the following:

      • Organize group sharing sessions to encourage your students to share their ideas and discoveries with their peers.
      • Divide your students into small groups and ask them to present their cylinder hunt or cylinder collage to the rest of the class.
      • Ask them to explain why they chose those objects and how they recognized them as cylinders.
      • Ask them to ask and answer questions from their classmates.
    • Conclusion

      To conclude the lesson, you can summarize the main points and review the objectives with your students. You can also ask them to reflect on what they learned and how they felt about the lesson. You can ask them some questions, such as:

      • What did you learn today?
      • What was your favorite part of the lesson?
      • What was the most challenging part of the lesson?
      • How do you feel about cylinders now?
      • How can you use what you learned in your daily life?


✨ Assessment

To assess your students' learning and progress, you can do the following:

  • Give them feedback and suggestions for improvement
  • Give them quizzes or worksheets to check their understanding and skills
  • Use some of the questions from the activities session or the group sharing as assessment tools
  • Ask your students to create questions or problems involving cylinders and challenge their classmates to solve them.


🌈 Have fun teaching and learning about solid 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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