Shape Parade

Shape Parade lesson plan

How well do we know our shapes?

  • 1.

    Prior to opening this lesson, prepare an envelope of shapes for student groups. Consider putting a circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, etc. in the envelope. Create one envelope for each student group.

  • 2.

    Ask each group of students to lay out their shapes in a random order. Students may choose to organize their shapes into a circle.

  • 3.

    Now it is time to play! Call out a shape. Students go to that shape on the floor. For example, the teacher may name a square. All students in group should head to and stand next to the square on the floor. Repeat as is necessary to ensure all students know their shapes.

  • 4.

    As an alternate way to play, have student groups combine their shapes and lay them out in a circle on the floor. Play music for the students and allow them to begin moving around the circle, from shape to shape. When you stop the music, call out a shape, such as "square". All students standing on a square are to sit down. The game is over when all students are sitting.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
  • MATH: Identify and describe shapes.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Instead of calling out a shape for the students, the facilitator can call out attributes of a shape, such as, "This shape has not vertices, or angles." The students standing on the circles or ovals must sit down.