Grade R Mathematics Lesson Plan: Introduction to Shapes

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade R Mathematics Lesson Plan: Introduction to Shapes

Materials Needed:

  • Geometry shapes set: circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles
  • Flashcards with shape pictures and names
  • Drawing paper
  • Crayons and markers
  • Interactive whiteboard or chart paper
  • Educational songs about shapes (optional)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, students will:
1. Identify and name basic shapes: circle, square, triangle, and rectangle.
2. Recognise shapes in their environment.
3. Describe the properties of these shapes (e.g., number of sides).
4. Draw basic shapes correctly.


  1. Circle: A round shape with no sides or corners.
  2. Square: A shape with four equal sides and four corners.
  3. Triangle: A shape with three sides and three corners.
  4. Rectangle: A shape with four sides where opposite sides are equal and four corners.
  5. Sides: The straight edges of a shape.

Previous Learning:

Students have previously been introduced to recognising shapes in their environment informally through daily routines and play. They might have names for different shapes but have not formally categorised or described them.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge: Difficulty in distinguishing between triangle and square.
  • Solution: Use clear visual examples and provide plenty of practise opportunities with hands-on activities.
  • Challenge: Remembering the names of shapes.
  • Solution: Reinforce learning with songs and repetitive practise.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Greeting and Introduction (2 minutes):
  2. Greet the students warmly and gather them in a circle.
  3. Introduce the lesson’s objective: “Today, we will learn about different shapes!”
  4. Hook Activity (2 minutes):
  5. Show a quick, engaging video or song about shapes.
  6. Discuss briefly what shapes students might already know.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Direct Instruction (8 minutes):
  2. Show flashcards of each shape: circle, square, triangle, rectangle.
  3. Name each shape and describe its properties (e.g., “A triangle has three sides.”)
  4. Use a board to draw each shape and have students repeat the names.
  5. Guided Practice (12 minutes):
  6. Distribute shape sets to students.
  7. Call out a shape name, and have students hold up the correct shape.
  8. Discuss examples of each shape in the classroom or pictures (e.g., clock as a circle, door as a rectangle).
  9. Independent Practice (12 minutes):
  10. Give students drawing paper and crayons.
  11. Ask them to draw one of each shape and colour it.
  12. Encourage students to trace shapes using the shape set.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Exit Ticket Activity (4 minutes):
  2. Have students come up one by one to the board and draw a shape you call out.
  3. Ask them to name the shape they drew.
  4. Provide brief feedback and positive reinforcement.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Observation during guided practice and independent drawing activities.
  • Exit ticket activity to check if students can independently identify and draw shapes.
  • Informal questioning throughout the lesson to gauge understanding.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • For advanced learners: Introduce additional shapes (e.g., oval, hexagon) and ask them to describe or compare shapes.
  • For learners needing extra support: Provide shape templates for tracing and additional visual aids.
  • For kinaesthetic learners: Use physical objects like toys or blocks to feel and see the shapes.

Teaching Notes:

  • Establish clear expectations for behaviour and participation.
  • Use a variety of teaching methods (visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic) to cater to different learning styles.
  • Encourage collaborative learning by having students share shapes and work together.
  • Be mindful of students with disabilities by providing necessary accommodations, such as larger shapes or textured shapes for students with visual impairments.

Accessibility Considerations:

  • Ensure that all visual aids are large enough for all students to see clearly.
  • Include tactile shapes for students who may benefit from a hands-on approach.
  • Use auditory cues, such as songs or rhythmic chanting, to reinforce shape names and properties.

End the lesson with a cheerful song or rhyme about shapes to solidify learning and leave students feeling positive about the lesson.

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