-1 page of black line shapes containing one large and one small of each square, rectangle, triangle, circle, and hexagon.
-page with 4-6 smaller poems: "Shape Monster, Shape Monster, munch, munch, munch. How about a ____ ____ ____ for your lunch?" I have adapted the poem page to include versions with one line, two lines, or three lines so that you could name only the shape on the one line page, name the shape and size on the two line page, or describe size, color and shape on the three line page. (3 pages total)
-page with the poem/lines already printed and a spot to draw their own shape monster. This could be done more quickly and bound into a book for the reading center. (3 pages total)
Students select a shape to use as the body of a "monster." They cut it out, glue it onto construction paper, and then cut/glue a poem. On the lines (that have primary lines with the dash in the middle), students describe the monster by size, color, and shape. For example: Shape Monster, Shape Monster, munch, munch, munch. How about a [small] [red] [hexagon] for your lunch?"
I use a large piece of 12x18 construction paper folded into 1/4ths for students to have the opportunity to name/describe 4 shapes during one teaching period. They don't realize they are learning, instead it's an art project!
I then print off the page with the poem pre-printed on it and use it at a center for students to create more shape monsters (and practice describing/naming their shapes).
COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
-K.G.2. Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
-K.G.4. Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/"corners") and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
-K.G.5. Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
I read about this idea on a blog last year and did a whole group version of a few shape monsters and then created the printed page. This year I adapted it to be more of an art project with the cut/paste. This idea is not original, but the items needed to carry it out are my own creations.