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Shapes
Submitted by: Ann P., Tomball
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Squarehead by:Harriet Ziefert
George only likes things that are square (like himself) until a dream reminds him of how nice "round" can be.
The Maid and the Mouse and the Odd Shaped House by:Paul Zelinsky
An oddly shaped house takes on the appearance of a cat as the maid and mouse that live there make various changes in it.
The House that Makes Shapes by:Jim Potts
A house shoots shapes out of its roof which a boy uses to build a house of his own.
Bear in a Square by:Stella Blackstone
Squares, hearts, circles and other shapes are hidden in the illustrations.
Mouse Shapes by:Ellen Stoll Walsh
Three mice make a variety of things out of different shapes as they hide from a scary cat.
Songs
Shapes (sung to: When the Saints go Marching in)
I held up a cut out of each shape as I sang.

Circle: My name is circle, my name is circle, oh, yes, my name is circle. I go round and round with no corners, oh, yes, my name is circle!
Square: My name is square, my name is square, oh, yes, my name is square. I have four corners and sides that are the same. Oh, yes, my name is square!
Triangle: My name is triangle, my name is triangle, oh, yes, my name is triangle. I have 3 sides and 3 corners, oh yes, my name is triangle!
Rectangle: My name is rectangle, my name is rectangle, oh, yes, my name is rectangle. I have 2 sides short and 2 sides long, oh yes, my name is rectangle!

Oh we are shapes, oh we are shapes, can you remember all our names?
Circle, square, triangle and rectangle…oh yes, we are found most everywhere!
Draw for Me
Draw a circle, round as can be (draw circle in the air)
Draw a circle, just for me! (point to self)
Draw a square, shaped like a door (draw a square in the air)
Draw a square, with corners four! (hold up 4 fingers)
Draw a triangle, with corners three (draw a triangle in the air) Draw a triangle, just for me! (point to self)
Do You Know What Shape this Is?
(Give each child a different foam shape to hold up at the appropriate time during the song)

(storyteller holds up a square)
Do you know what shape this is?
Shape this is? Shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is and do you have one too?
If you do, then give it a shake, give it a shake, give it a shake,
If you do then give it a shake and shout out “hooray for Squares!”

(storyteller holds up a triangle)
Do you know what shape this is?
Shape this is? Shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is and do you have one too?
If you do, then give it a shake, give it a shake, give it a shake,
If you do then give it a shake and shout out “hooray for Triangles”

(storyteller holds up a circle)
Do you know what shape this is?
Shape this is? Shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is and do you have one too?
If you do, then give it a shake, give it a shake, give it a shake,
If you do then give it a shake and shout out “hooray for Circles”

Final verse:
Now we know all our shapes, all our shapes, all our shapes
Now we know all our shapes, shake them all and say “hooray”!


Square chant
Give each child a square block to do the actions of the chant.

Put your square shapes in the air, (hold in the air)
Hold it high and keep it there. (continue to hold over head)
Put your square shape on your back, (reach back and put square on back)
Now lay it on your lap. (put square on lap)
Put your square shape on your toes, (touch square to toes)
Now hold it by your nose. (touch square to nose)
Hold your square shape in your hand, (stretch out hand in front of you)
Now everyone please stand. (have children stand up)
Wave your square shape at the door (face door and shake square)
Now touch your square to the floor. (touch square to floor in front of you)
Hold your square in your hand and jump, jump, jump, (hold square and jump up and down)
Now toss your square shape way, way up (toss square up in front of you)

Craft
Make a house out of shapes. Give each child a set of precut assorted shapes in different sizes and colors to construct their own “shape house”. I gave them squares, circles, triangles and rectangles. They can glue the shapes to a large piece of construction paper and then color the background with crayons if they want