Circles and Triangles
The purpose of this lesson is for students to identify, describe, and compare circles and triangles.
Students are also introduced to the geometric terms circle and triangle. Students develop their intuitive understanding of circles and triangles. They may incorrectly identify shapes in this activity, such as identifying an oval as a circle. If this happens, acknowledge the similarities between the shapes (“This shape is curved like a circle, but it is not a circle.”) As students sort examples and non-examples of triangles in the second activity, they continue to build their informal understanding of what a triangle is.
Activity 2: Triangle Sort
- Identify, describe, and compare circles and triangles.
- Let’s learn the names of some shapes.
Materials to Gather
- Collections of objects
- Colored pencils or crayons
- Counting mats
- Materials from previous centers
Materials to Copy
- Triangle Sort Cards
Each student needs at least 2 different colored crayons or colored pencils.
- Cut out triangle cards from the blackline master. Each group of 4 needs 1 set of cards.
- Gather materials from:
- Which One, Stage 1
- Picture Books, Stages 1-3
- Bingo, Stages 1 and 2
- Shake and Spill, Stages 1 and 2
|Activity 1||10 min|
|Activity 2||15 min|
|Activity 3||20 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||5 min|
Teacher Reflection Questions
How did students think of triangles as they came into the lesson? In what ways did their understanding of triangles change upon completing the lesson?