The Scavenger Hunt: Finding Plane Shapes in Our World

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Students will be able to find and identify plane shapes in their world.

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Students will have fun applying their knowledge of plane shapes during an interactive scavenger hunt.

Activity Part 1

30 minutes

For this lesson, you will be taking your students on an actual scavenger hunt to find plane shapes in your school.  You will need a digital camera to record your students finding the shapes and a colored printer to print the pictures afterward. 

I tell my students, We are going on a treasure hunt in our school today to find plane shapes.  We are going to walk all through the school and look for different shapes.  I want you to see how many different shapes you can find in the school.  Once we have a chance to walk through the whole school, we will walk through again.  This time, you will find one shape that you like and I will take your picture with it.  We are going to be using these pictures to create a special project!

We start off on our scavenger hunt.  I help the students get started by pointing out some shapes in the hallway and describing what I see.  This locker is a rectangle.  The fire alarm is a square.  Once the students starting searching, the excitement builds.  They are finding shapes all over the classroom and I have to remind them to control their excitement. See video. 

After we have walked around the school once, we make one more round and now the students point out the shapes they want to be photographed with.  I take pictures of the students pointing to the item.  

I record on a class list the object I photographed the student with and what shape it is.  This will be used in the next part of the lesson.  We return to the classroom to finish the project.

Activity Part 2

30 minutes

For this part of the lesson, you will need handwriting paper.  After we return to the classroom, I tell the students, You did a great job, finding shapes.  We are going to use the pictures of you and your shapes to make a book.  Now we need to put some words with our pictures.  Do you remember what the person who writes the words for a book is called?  That's right, that person is called the author.  So, if you write the words for our book, you will all be authors.  Isn't that cool?

You will each get a piece of paper.  I want you to write a sentence to go with your picture.  For example, if you had your picture taken next to a locker, you could write, "The locker is a rectangle." or "I know that a locker is a rectangle." or "I see a rectangle when I look at the locker." 

I want you to sound spell your sentences.  This will be your sloppy copy.  You do not need to do a final copy.  I will do that for you when I type up the pages for the book.  If you can't remember what you had your picture taken with or what it is called, just raise your hand and I can help you because I wrote down everyone's shape.

The students begin working on their writing.  I circulate around the room to assist the students as needed.  I collect their writing so I can type up the book.  There is a Shapes in School Book Template included with this lesson that you can use to type in the text.  Each template prints out two books.  Just drag your cursor over the existing text and type in yours.  Insert the pictures.  Print the books on a color printer.  I trim the front cover and glue it on cardstock.  I laminate the front cover and a blank back cover and use a binding comb to bind the book.  I make several copies.  Some stay in the classroom and others are sent home on a rotating basis to share with families.