The 2D shapes topic contains all you'll need to teach lessons about sides, corners and the properties and symmetry of a range of two dimensional shapes.
You will want to play this yourself. It’s a quest game. Move through the castle stage by stage by unlocking doors by finding 2d shapes. No not you - the children!
Are you looking for a whole-class quick, smart, 2D shapes quiz for on the activeboard? This is it! This is a colourful, simple presentation of the basics. You lead the quiz, the children give the answers and everyone learns. Great for learning, reinforcing and maintaining 2D shape knowledge. Be the conductor and enjoy the chorus!
This idea could stimulate a lovely piece of art for you to display in the classroom while you are doing your geometry unit. This art piece is teaching circles and squares. Convert the shapes to rectangles and triangles or wherever your imagination takes you. Each child stars!
This is a robotic-sounding memory game. Repeat the sequence of shapes or get the big buzzer!
What a cracker - children will love it. Click on the shape, then click on the name of the shape at the bottom of the screen. Includes all shapes children should know by the end of KS1. Usual favourites plus octagon, pentagon and hexagon.
There's a lot of e-pinboards around, but we like this because of its ease of use and the fact that you can bring rulers and protractors onto it too. Use a photo-capture tool with your whiteboard and you could turn this into a very slick lesson.
Great for properties of shape and lessons on symmetry. Includes rhombus, trapezoid and parallelogram as well as the shapes you would expect of year 2.
Explanations are good for teachers' notes and perhaps some upper KS2.
Drag shapes to the board to make rectangles. A logic based open ended activity.
Read the descriptions and match the cards. Features an octagon. Drag the shape names from the right of the page to the description on the left.
If you have got some fast finishers who need a bit of extension work, have a look at this game. Its quite involved and requires cutting out, colouring in, some free art to create a scenario for the game to be played in and good cooperative skills practice. This game will keep your KS1 extension group going all week. There is a bit of prep required but I'd recommend it.
Here are six slightly more sophisticated activities for children to use in exploring those fascinating geometrical ideas. From ancient Egyptian rope shapes to other amazing and unusual patterns and designs, use these activities to build your pupils powers of visualisation! Einstein would be impressed!
Good simple PDF to download and print. Very useful assessment activity. The task here is to name fifteen 2D shapes (ellipse, regular pentagon, kite, trapezoid, regular decagon, parallelogram, irregular octagon, equilateral triangle, regular hexagon, isosceles triangle, square, regular heptagon, scalene triangle, trapezium, regular nonagon) with the help of a list of shape names at the bottom of the worksheet. As an extra activity there is also the option to work out the number of lines of symmetry for each shape.
More suitable for KS2. Classic memory game. Do you know the difference between a parallelogram and a trapezoid?
Includes basic information on the deltoid, trapezium, kite, rhombus, parallelogram, rectangle and square.
Pizzas, buses, cakes, they are all filled with rectangles and circles. This sheet will help the little ones make the connections.
Another simple sheet to enable children to sort shapes through colour.
Sort these shapes according to the right angles.
We love the ease of use that this site offers. Creative questioning is the key to getting the most out of it. Can be used to teach perimeter and area as well as symmetry.
Here we have five worksheets that are printable and photocopiable. Are you needing some meaningful work for the children to do quietly and by themselves using their "working voices"? These are what you are looking for… :)
Sorting simple shapes by number of sides into a table.
Cut out the shapes on this sheet. Have the children formulate a rule e.g. "put the shapes with four sides in this pile" and let them go. They could colour and glue onto card if some hand to eye coordination is called for...
Sort isosceles, equilateral and scalene triangles using a Venn diagram.
Use the spot to spy through the circle at a mystery shape. Ideal for reception and foundation stage, includes square, triangle circle etc..
You'll need some string and some friends! There is a heap of fun to be had here. Play with the quadrilateral tasks here then let the children expand it into triangles, squares, circles… More fun than using an empty cardboard box!
As you'd expect - simple and easy to use tangram puzzle.
We love this simple tangram game. Why not use it as a plenary for a lesson on 2D shape properties. To have a go, each child has to describe the properties of the shape they wish to use.
You know how tangrams work - a great way to encourage children to rearrange shapes in their heads. A good mental maths activity.
A tessellation activity for the teacher to create tesselations which can be discussed with the class.
You can't go wrong with examples of tessellations. Lots of images and a few from the man himself, Escher.
This is nice spatial and kinaesthetic play for a small group to explore. Peg boards and rubber bands required. The challenges are at your fingertips. Maybe the children can come up with some more?
This is a summary of 2D shapes. It is an ideal way for the more independent learners to refresh and reinforce their knowledge of the subtle differences within various shapes. It has a reading focus. Meanwhile you can now work with that other group…
Keeping it simple and gently reinforcing that early awareness of shapes.
Here is a digital exercise children can access for themselves. Let them explore the interesting world of different kinds of triangles. Can they duplicate them in their exercise books? Isosceles, scalene…
Use the properties to guess the shape. All the simple shapes and semi circle, hexagon and pentagon. Ideal for year 2 NNS expectations. Please make sure you have installed the Flash player on your computer first.
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