This PPT file has 5 shape sorting sheets with multiple uses in the classroom. My students LOVE learning about shapes through these activities.
Here are some ways I like to use the shape sorting mats with my Kindergarteners.
1. Students will pass a bucket of pattern block shapes around while singing “Do you know what I've been told? (Repeat)” The student holding the bucket at the end will pull out a shape and exclaim “A (name of shape) is in the pot of gold!” (All students repeat.) Next, the students will tally that shape in the corresponding box.
2. Students can sort shapes independently with or without tallying with a mat in a page protector.
3. Mark a blank dice or cube with different shape pictures. Make it a whole group or independent activity by rolling the dice and graphing the shape rolled with an X.
4. Graph a shape rolled or pulled out of a bucket by tracing and/or drawing the shape. Ask students questions about the data afterwards.
5. Give the students time to search for shapes in everyday objects around the room, the school, or the play ground. Ask them to either draw or tally the shapes they find.
MACC.K.G.1.2 Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
MACC.K.G.1.3 Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, "flat") or three-dimensional ("solid").
MACC.K.MD.2.3 Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
MACC.K.CC.1.3 Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
MACC.K.CC.2.4a When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
MACC.K.CC.2.4b Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
MACC.K.CC.2.4c Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
MACC.K.CC.2.5 Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
MACC.K.CC.3.6 Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.