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Going on a Shape Hunt: Integrating Math and Literacy

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 40- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Cranston

Lisa Cranston

Comber, Ontario


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns (Scholastic, 1995)

  • Round Trip by Ann Jonas (Greenwillow, 1983)

  • Eight Hands Round by Ann Whitford Paul (HarperCollins, 1991)

  • Chart paper or overhead projector

  • Computers with Internet access

  • Cardstock cut to 1" x 6"

  • Clipboards or other portable writing surface

  • Two- and three-dimensional geometric models

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1. Obtain a copy of The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, Round Trip by Ann Jonas, or Eight Hands Round by Ann Whitford Paul. The first book tells the story of a triangle who wants to experience life as other shapes and is transformed into various ones. The second tells the story of a trip into the city and then back home again, encouraging readers to look at shapes in the scenery. The third book uses quilt patterns (one for each letter of the alphabet) to illustrate facts about pioneer life.

These three books are recommended by Hunsader (2004). You may wish to substitute one of your own favorite read-aloud stories that address the lesson objectives.

2. Create a chart or overhead of the Shape Hunt Chant.

3. Have two- and three-dimensional models of shapes selected for the lesson. These can be purchased from a teacher-supply store or created by you. If you are using empty containers as teaching examples, cover them with plain paper so that students can focus on the shape as opposed to the contents. For example, cover a soup can with plain paper to use as a cylinder.

4. Pick out some classroom items that are shapes you will use in the lesson such as the door, windows, shelves, or the clock. Create labels on cardstock that can be easily read from a distance naming the items and place these labels next to them.

5. Review the Sammy's Shapes website and bookmark it on the classroom computers.

6. If the student handouts are appropriate for your class, make two copies of the Two-Dimensional Task Sheet and the Three-Dimensional Task Sheet and one copy of the Shape Hunt Reflection Sheet for each student. You can also modify the handouts as necessary to make them more appropriate.

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