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Teach your students to identify the eight basic shapes. This easy book gives children the exposure to shapes and gives them the opportunity for strengthening their fine motor skills by outlining the shapes with a variety of materials such as noodles and popcorn. A great shape book for the beginning of school!
There are pages for:
☺diamond (with an optional page for rhombus)
We recently added a page for trapezoid, although there is no photo of it on the photo page. Just have the children outline the shape with classroom materials (popcorn seeds, noodles, etc.) like the others!
There are 3 sets of student pages for differentiation. The first set allows the children to write the complete shape word on a blank line. The second set has the shape word in dotted letters for the children to trace over. And the third set has a dotted shape for the children to trace over instead of writing. We have found that in the beginning of the school year the children have difficulty writing words so tracing letters and shapes makes it easier for them to find success!
Your students can create their own copy of this book!
Included are all the reproducible blackline masters, full directions, and a color photo page showing the completed pages of the book.
The children create a page a day, using the collage technique. The students follow directions to create the illustration out of construction paper. Included are the complete cutting directions for making circles and ovals from squares and rectangles by trimming off the corners. All you do is cut squares and rectangles on your paper cutter for the pages. The rest is up to the children! Very little teacher time for prepping and no patterns or tracers to create!
There is at least one word on each page for the students to write. We sound the word out together as a class and then the children can copy it from the board or try sounding it out themselves.
When we are finished with the book, we use it at our reading station in place of the published books from our reading program before sending the books home. The teacher's copy can be laminated and placed in the class library for the children to read over and over during the year. The children love using their own books and take great pride in them!
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