Shapes and colours lesson
Primary Starter/Mover level
By the end of the lesson, students will become more confident and fluent in using colours and size-adjectives to describe shapes
To provide detailed listening in the form of a dictation activity in the context of shapes, colours, and sizes
To provide learners with a writing practice on lexical items that include shapes, colours, and sizes
Procedure (41-51 minutes)
Ask the students to sit in a circle. Show them a circle. Elicit the shape 'circle' and drill. Place the circle on the floor. Tell the students to touch both their ears and have them touch the circle whenever it is said. Show them a square. Elicit the shape and drill. Place beside the circle. The students repeat the process with the rectangle and the triangle.
Place the shapes in differents parts of the room. Write the names of the shapes on one side of the board. Ask each students to find two shapes and come up to the board to place their shape under the corresponding shape name. Demonstrate by asking the students to help with placing two shapes. When the activity is done, elicit small and big and how they are used with shapes.
Give students an A4 paper each and ask them to draw the shape as they are called out. Ask the students to draw a big square/ small triangle/ small circle/ big rectangle. Have the students write the words under each shape. Display the correct shapes and spellings on the IWB for the students to check.
Ask students to put their A4 paper face down. The paper should be divided into two parts. Tell each student to pick two shapes. The shapes they draw have to be different from the ones dictated to them in the previous stage. When they are done, ask them to write the size and the shape under each one of them. Circulate and check. ALTERNATIVE TASK: Draw a two shapes and draw items that have the same shapes. Example: circle - pizza
Ask the students to sit in a circle. Hold up each shape and ask students about the colour. Elicit "it is blue". Respond by saying "Yes, it is a blue triangle". Drill the two words together. Do the same thing for the other shapes. Drill for pronunciation.
In the circle, hold up a shape and give a statement. If the statement is true, students repeat the statement. If the statement is not true, students remain silent. Demonstrate the first one as an example. Hold up a small orange circle and say "a big orange circle". Students have to remain silent. Ask students ICQs: If the sentence is true, are you going to repeat? If the sentence is not true, are you going to repeat?
Ask students to go back to their groups. In groups of three's, give each group a set of colour and shape word cards, and a paper with two columns. One column with 10 pictures of colored shapes, and the other column is blank. For each of the picture, students have to find the corresponding colour word card and shape word card and place it next to the picture. Display answer on the IWB and ask students to check.
Before starting the race, demonstrate by asking for three volunteers and giving each one of them a card (cards: green, small, triangle). Ask the three students to stand in the correct order in front of the class. If the volunteers have a difficult time arranging themselves, ask the rest of the class to help them. Do another example to help prepare for the race. Assign each student number 1, 2 or 3 by going around the room and counting off. Divide the class into three teams using the three numbers. Ask each team to line-up sideways and have all three teams form a U shape. Place a set of 15 cards in front of each group. Do the first round as an example. Show a picture of a small blue triangle on the board. Ask the students to find the corresponding words from the cards in front of them, and stand in the correct order (size+colour+shape). The first team to stand in the correct order is the winner. Show 15 more pictures. The team that has the most points is the winner.
Give each student a copy of the board game cover. Point at different shapes and elicit the names. Ask the students to try and remember what the title of the story was and have them write it in the big rectangle. Give the students a couple of minutes to draw the tortoise on the top of the hill and colour it grey. Ask the students "What colour is the sky?" and allow them to colour it blue.