• shape recognition
• digital camera
Set Up and Prepare
If possible, hunt down a digital camera for each group of three or four children. Make a reproducible with columns labeled as: “circle, triangle, rectangle, and squares.” Provide children with a copy of the reproducible, clipboards, and pencils.
Take a class walk outside to hunt for these shapes on the school building and in the playground. Invite children to sketch these items on their sheets under the appropriate column.
Allow children to choose the shapes they would like to photograph. You can snap the photos or help the students work the camera.
Back in the classroom, invite children to discuss their shape walk.
Print out enough pictures so that each child has at least four shapes. Invite them to use the photos and their sketches to make a photo collage.
Remember: Young children will be very excited about taking pictures on the shape walk. Make sure that each child chooses one shape to photograph. (An adult should also snap a photo of the shape.) Let children know that they can feel free to think about which shape they would like to photograph and to look carefully for that shape. Let them know that they can suggest others, but that you will be taking the photos.
Hair Survey. Send a note home suggesting that parents talk with their child about the color and type of hair of each of their family members. Does one person have straight hair and another curly? Suggest that they collect a piece of hair from each person and examine the hairs with a magnifying glass. Do they look different?
Curriculum Connection: BLOCK
Shape School. In the block area, invite children to re-create some of the shapes and designs they saw on their shape walk. Maybe they would like to build the monkey bars or a riding toy. Invite them to build the school and the playground. Take photos of their buildings and shapes and add them to the collages.
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All
by Marilyn Burns
(Scholastic, 1997; $17)
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
by Tana Hoban
(HarperCollins, 1996; $17)
Pancakes, Crackers and Pizza
by Marjorie Eberts
(Children’s Press, 1994; $5)