SHAPE POCKETS ACCORDION BOOK – Geometric Shapes, Pattern

Students use tracers to draw 4 geometric shapes on construction paper, cut them out and glue them to make pockets on the pages of an accordion folded book they have made. Then they make lists of objects they have found in their homes that match the geometric shapes in their book, fold the lists and place them in the matching shape pockets in their books. 

Required Time

40 Minutes

Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 1

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

accordion-fold geometric shapes pattern shape

Materials

Crayola Construction Paper - 30.5 cm x 45.7 cm (12" x 18") Crayola Scissors Crayola Glue Sticks Crayola Markers Pencils Light Weight Cardboard - 21.5 cm x 21.5 cm (8.5" x 8.5") - 1 per every 4 students Copy Paper - 13.9 cm 21.5 cm (5.5" x 8.5") - 1 per student

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Steps

SHAPE POCKETS ACCORDION BOOK – Geometric Shapes, Pattern - Step One

Step One

ACCORDION FOLD THE BOOK

  1. Use a strip of construction paper 15.2 cm x 45.7 cm (6" x 18").
  2. Fold the paper in half short end to short end.
  3. Fold the top part in half back towards the fold - short end to fold end.
  4. Flip the paper over.
  5. Fold the top part in half back towards the fold - short end to fold end.
  6. Unfold the paper.
SHAPE POCKETS ACCORDION BOOK – Geometric Shapes, Pattern - Step Two

Step Two

ADD SHAPES

  1. Use tracers to draw a circle, square, triangle, and rectangle on construction paper.
  2. Cut out the shapes.
  3. Decorate the shapes and add a pattern on each one.
  4. Put glue around all but one of the outer edges on the back of each shape.
  5. Do NOT put glue on the top edge of the shape. 
  6. Glue one shape to each page of the accordion book.
  7. Make sure the top of the shape is open like a pocket.
SHAPE POCKETS ACCORDION BOOK – Geometric Shapes, Pattern - Step Three

Step Three

ADD NAMES 

  1. Cut out the names of each shape.
  2. Match each name with its shape.
  3. Glue the name on its shape page.

ADD LISTS

  1. Find objects around your house that match the shapes.
  2. Make a list of the objects and draw small pictures of them.
  3. Fold the lists and put them in their shape pockets.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • accordion fold a piece of construction paper to make a book;
  • use tracers to draw geometric shapes;
  • cut out geometric shapes;
  • glue 4 geometric shapes as pockets on separate pages of their accordion book;
  • identify and label 4 geometric shapes;
  • create lists of objects that match 4 geometric shapes;
  • use their own ideas to create designs and patterns on their geometric shapes;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

Extensions

Have students:

Prepare

  1. Prior to this lesson teach or review the attributes of 4 geometric shapes - circle, square, rectangle and triangle.
  2. Download and make copies of the shape tracers and shape names template. (Downloads - ShapeTracers.pdf)
  3. Create an art centre in your classroom with the following things:
    - scissors
    - pre-cut geometric shapes tracers
    - pre-cut strips of construction paper 15.2 cm x 45.7 cm (6" x 18")
    - glue sticks
    - construction paper
    - markers
    - pencils
  4. Gather, and make available, books about shapes and sorting, for example, The Shape of Things, by Dayle Ann Dodds, and Julie Lacome; The Shape Song Swingalong, by Barefoot Books; Triangle, by Mac Barnett, and Jon Klassen; Square, by Mac Barnett, and Jon Klassen; Circle, by Mac Barnett, and Jon Klassen; Math Counts: Shape, by Henry Arthur Pluckrose; Sam Sorts, by Marthe Jocelyn; National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: Shapes! Board book, by National Geographic Kids; and When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, and James Kaczman.
  5. Download and display the Shape poster available on this website.
  6. Display geometric shapes and their names.

Introduction

  1. Conduct a read-aloud with a book such as When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, and James Kaczman.
    - invite students to identify the various shapes in the illustrations
    - discuss the attributes of each shape
  2. Practice sorting 4 various sized, cut-out geometric shapes. (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)
  3. Invite students to match the name of a shape with its shape using name cards.
  4. Introduce the art centre.
  5. Introduce the challenge.

 

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Accordion fold a piece of construction paper to make a book.
  2. Use tracers to draw 4 different geometric shapes.
  3. Cut out your geometric shapes.
  4. Glue your shapes as pockets on separate pages of your accordion book.
  5. Identify and label your shapes.
  6. Create lists of objects that match your shapes.
  7. Use your own ideas to create designs and patterns on your shapes.
  8. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

The Process

  1. Ensure that students understand the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I:
    - use tracers to draw 4 different geometric shapes
    - cut out 4 different geometric shapes

    - use my own ideas to make my designs and patterns
    - match the names of shapes with their shapes
    - write lists of objects for each shape
    - share my ideas with my classmates
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Have students work with a partner. Ask them to share:
    things they like best about their books
    - two things that are the same about their books.
    - two things that are different about their books.
    - objects on their lists
  2. Invite some students to share with the whole class.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their books – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the books, 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 - ShapesBook_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have students in grade 1 use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - ShapesBook_self-assessment.pdf)