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Lines and Shapes: Art - Grade K

Subject: Art

Grade: Kindergarten

Lesson Objective: Have students identify and draw different shapes and count how many lines it takes to draw them.

Common Core Standard:  

Materials

  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Whiteboard
  • Markers

Starter

Say/Do:

  • Before class begins, place paper and crayons in the middle of each art table.
  • Today, we are going to draw shapes and lines. We see shapes and lines everywhere in real life.
  • The table is a shape, the building is a shape, even something like your smile is a shape. We also see lines in real life, too, more than you think. We see them on the road, the paper we write on, and on floors.

Main

Say:

  • Can you tell me what some shapes are?
  • Write down each shape students mention on the whiteboard. Don't draw it yet.

Say:

  • This is a great list! Does everyone know what these shapes look like? It’s okay if you don’t. I’ll draw them for you.
  • Draw each shape on the whiteboard.

Say:

  • Now that we can see our shapes, let’s think about what they all have in common. To start, these shapes are flat.
  • We call these two-dimensional shapes—you can just call them 2D. These shapes also have closed sides. See how there aren’t any spaces between the corners of the shapes?
  • Another thing that these shapes have in common is that their sides are made of lines. A line is straight and goes up and down, left and right, and from corner to corner.
  • It can also be curved. A circle is made out of a curved line that connects.
  • Draw a line on the whiteboard.

Say:

  • When we connect lines together, we make shapes. For example, if we connect three lines like this, we make a triangle. If we connect four lines, we make a square.
  • Draw a triangle and square and count the sides. 

Say:

  • Any questions so far?
  • Erase your whiteboard and draw a circle, triangle, square, diamond, rectangle, pentagon, and hexagon.
  • Be sure to include the names for each shape underneath. Review them with the class before you start the exercise.

Say:

  • Take a piece of paper and two different colored crayons. With your first color draw one of the shapes you see on the whiteboard.
  • Don’t show your neighbor what you’re drawing, so be sure to turn your paper over once you’re done.
  • Give students time to draw the shape.

Say:

  • Good job everyone! Now, remember that second crayon you took? Draw over each line, or side, with this new color and count out loud how many lines the shape has.
  • Use your indoor voices! When you’ve finished, look up at me.
  • Give students a chance to complete the task.

Say:

  • Now, we will try to guess what some of the shapes you drew are. One at a time, we’ll ask you a question about your shape, but we always have to ask the person how many lines, or sides, the shape has.
  • You can ask if the shape is long, tilted, or if it looks like a ball or a stop sign, or something else you’ve seen in real life.
  • Call on a student from each art table.

Say:

  • Okay. Let’s review as a class!
  • Ask how many lines each shape has, and wait for students to answer back. Once you’ve finished this exercise, have them color in and decorate their shape as they please.

Feedback

Say:

  • When you go home today, look around your house and see if you can spot any of the shapes we talked about today.