So that my students are interested and engaged, I’m always looking for different and creative ways for them to practice shapes.
With that in mind I designed these simple 3 & 4-piece puzzles that feature 2D and 3D shapes, their attributes, as well as a “real world” example.
2D shapes: circle, semi-circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart, star, & crescent.
3D shapes: sphere, cylinder, cone, cube, pyramid, rectangular prism & triangular prism.
Simply pick which shapes are appropriate for your students, then print the colorful patterns on card stock, laminate and trim.
Children can put them together in an independent puzzle center.
To make this a self-correcting activity, number the back of each piece: 1a, 1b, 1c etc.
Make an extra set to be used for a Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” game.
i.e. “I have the triangle word piece, who has the shape and “real life” example pieces?”
Students can also sort them into 2D and 3D shapes.
I’ve included 2 sorting mats for this.
For a whole group comprehension activity, toss the shape pieces into a container.
* Children choose one and give the attributes. OR…
* Children can give 3 clues about the shape card they are hiding; their classmates guess which shape they think is being described. OR…
* Toss the “real life” picture pieces into a container. Students pick one and tell what shape it is. OR…
* Toss the word pieces into a basket. Children pick one, read the shape word, then draw a picture of that shape on the board.
To practice the “spatial direction” aspect of this standard as a whole group, have children pick a shape piece.
Call out directions for children to follow. i.e “Place your shape above, below, between, on, behind etc.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Students can also pick a piece and go on a shape hunt, listing then totaling up how many items they found in your classroom that are that shape. I’ve included a worksheet for this.
I’ve also included black and white templates so that students can make their own puzzles.
Besides using them as individual puzzle pieces, I designed a variety of covers for both the 3-piece and 4-piece puzzles, so students can make an “Itty Bitty” 2D and/or 3D flip booklet.
These make a fun homework assignment, something for early finishers or struggling kiddos; as well as an interesting lesson for your sub tub.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you enjoy adding these shape activities to your teaching bag of tricks.