MY FAVOURITE SUPERHERO – Geometric Shapes, Cutting and Pasting Skills

Students practice their cutting and pasting skills as they create a puppet composed of cut out construction paper shapes glued to a paper plate.

Required Time

20 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

circle geometric shapes rectangle square triangle

Materials

Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm Crayola Fine Line Markers - 12 Count Crayola Scissors Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue Large Googly Eyes Wooden Paint Stir Sticks

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Steps

MY FAVOURITE SUPERHERO – Geometric Shapes, Cutting and Pasting Skills - Step One

Step One

  1. Place the paper plate on the table.
  2. Place the paint stir stick on top of the paper plate so it divides the circle in half and one end stops at the top.
  3. Glue the paint stir stick to the outer edges of the paper plate.
  4. This will be the back of your puppet.
MY FAVOURITE SUPERHERO – Geometric Shapes, Cutting and Pasting Skills - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Think about what your superhero wears.
  2. Cut out shapes to show the details of your superhero's costume.
  3. Glue the shapes to the outer edges of the paper plate. 
MY FAVOURITE SUPERHERO – Geometric Shapes, Cutting and Pasting Skills - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Turn your puppet over.
  2. Glue googly eyes to the face.
  3. Draw other features on the face.
  4. Print your name on the paint stir stick.
  5. View your puppet with fresh eyes.
    - How many geometric shapes do you see?
    - What is your favourite geometric shape? Why?
    - What do you like best about your puppet?
    - Work with a friend to tell a superhero story with your puppets.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • identify geometric shapes found in their own and others' artworks;
  • work independently and self-regulate;
  • create personal responses to the centre materials;
  • share their ideas with peers; 
  • demonstrate a sense of accomplishment.

Extensions

Have children:

  • sort and classify 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes using a variety of found objects;
  • use the Shape Robot lesson plan available on this website to create a shape collage;
  • share their creations with the class.

Prepare

  1. Gather and make available books about shapes, for example, When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins, by Rhonda Gowler Greene; Shape by Shape, by Suse MacDonald; and  A Circle Here, A Circle There, by David Diehl.
  2. Gather and make available books about superheroes, for example, Ten Rules of Being a Superhero, by Deb Pilutti; Superhero Instruction Manual, by Kristy Dempsey; Even Superheroes Make Mistakes, by Shelly Becker; What's My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston; Super Friends: Flying High (DC Super Friends), by Nick Eliopulos and DC Comics
    and My First Book of Superpowers, by David Katz.
  3. Download and display the Shape and Form posters available on this website. 
  4. Prior to this lesson: 
    - Discuss geometric shapes children are familiar with, and record their information on a chart story that includes words and pictures.
    - Aim to have circle, triangle, square and rectangle recorded.
    - Look in your classroom and take a walk around the school to find objects that represent various geometric shapes. 
    - Encourage children to notice how many shapes are in front of or behind other shapes.
    - Help children discover that some shapes are 2-dimensional (planar) and some are 3-dimensional (solids).
    - Note every time you see an object that is one of the chart story shapes.
    - Add the new objects to the chart paper.

    - Compare how many of each shape you found. 
  5. Set up an art centre with construction paper, scissors, washable no-run school glue, fine line markers, paper plates, wooden paint stir sticks and googly eyes.

Introduction

  1. Conduct a read-aloud with a book such as My First Book of Superpowers, by David Katz focusing on the costumes each superhero wears and their superpowers.
  2. Demonstrate how to glue a paint stir stick to a paper plate so it can be used as a puppet.
  3. Ask students what details they would add to the plate to make their own superhero. 
  4. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Glue a paint stir stick to a paper plate so it sticks in place.
  2. Cut shapes out of construction paper.
  3. Use the shapes to make a superhero puppet.
  4. Glue the paper shapes so they stick in place.
  5. Use your own ideas to make your puppet unique.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - used my own ideas to make my superhero puppet
    - glued a paint stir stick to a paper plate so it sticks in place

    - cut out different shapes
    - glued shapes so they stick in place
    - added details that show my puppet is a superhero
    - identified geometric and almost geometric shapes in my artwork
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. From time to time ask students to stop and view their work from a bit of a distance so they can see it with 'fresh eyes'.
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Place students into groups of 3 or 4 and ask them to share their robots with each other. Ask students to share:
    the geometric shapes they can see in the puppets;
    - the shapes that are almost geometric shapes and what you would have to do to make them geometric shapes;

    - why they used the shapes they used;
    - what they like best about their superhero puppet and why.
  2. Provide time for students to make up and share stories they can tell with their puppets.
  3. Display all the puppets in the classroom.
  4. Encourage students to view all the puppets and notice how they are the same, and how they are different.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their puppets – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, holds puppet to the side, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - SuperheroPuppet.tracking.pdf)