Unit Study: Kindergarten Shape

Age and Grade Requirements

  • Age: 5-6 years old
  • Grade: Kindergarten

Goals

By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize and name basic shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and ovals.
  2. Identify shapes in everyday objects and their environment.
  3. Create and combine shapes to form more complex designs.
  4. Enhance fine motor skills through hands-on arts and crafts activities.
  5. Gain exposure to basic concepts of science, history, and geography related to shapes.

Schedule (5 Days)

Day 1: Introduction to Shapes and Circle Exploration

  • Introduction to basic shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval
  • Circle exploration: Identify circular objects and create a circle-themed art project
  • Geometry game: “Shape Hunt” around the classroom

Day 2: Squares and Triangles in Art and Nature

  • Focus on squares and triangles: Identify and discuss these shapes in famous artworks and nature
  • Arts and crafts: Create a square and triangle mosaic using colored paper

Day 3: Exploring Rectangles and Ovals

  • Focus on rectangles and ovals: Identify these shapes in everyday objects
  • Outdoor exploration: Identify and discuss rectangular and oval objects in the environment
  • Arts and crafts: Create a nature-inspired collage using rectangular and oval shapes

Day 4: Combining Shapes and Sculpture

  • Combine different shapes to create more complex designs (e.g., house with a triangle roof and rectangular walls)
  • Sculpture activity: Use playdough or clay to sculpt different shapes

Day 5: Shapes Around the World and Culmination

  • Discuss how shapes are used in different cultures and architecture
  • Geography component: Identify famous landmarks with distinct shapes (e.g., pyramids, arches)
  • Culmination activity: Design and construct a group “Shape City” using cardboard and various shapes

Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)

  1. “The Greedy Triangle” by Marilyn Burns Amazon Link
  2. “Shapes, Shapes, Shapes” by Tana Hoban Amazon Link
  3. “Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes” by Roseanne Thong Amazon Link

Recommended Video Links

  1. Sesame Street: “Shapes in My Room” YouTube Link
  2. Super Simple Songs: “Shapes Song” YouTube Link
  3. Have Fun Teaching: “Shapes Song” YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts Activity

Create “Shape Collage”: Provide students with different colored paper shapes and have them arrange and glue the shapes to create a unique artwork.

Outdoor Exploration

Engage in a nature walk to observe and discuss shapes in the natural environment, such as the rectangular form of tree trunks or the oval shape of leaves.

Sculpture Activity

“Shape Sculptures”: Provide various materials (playdough, clay, craft sticks) for students to sculpt different shapes and assemble them into sculptures.

Geography Component

Explore the architecture of different countries and identify famous landmarks with distinct shapes, such as the pyramids in Egypt or the arches in Rome.

Bible Connection

Discuss the use of shapes in biblical stories, such as Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6:14-16) and the construction of the Tabernacle (Exodus 26), highlighting how shapes played a role in these narratives.

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