I made up this little rhyme about octagons
(tune: Are you sleeping?)
Has eight sides, has eight sides
A stop sign is an octagon, a stop sign is an octagon
It has eight sides, it has eight sides.
Books about shapes
|Written by Karen Sagel; illustrated by Steve Wilson|
|Written by N.N. Charles; illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon|
Where are the shapes?
(tune: Where is Thumpkin?)
Where is triangle, where is triangle?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
Continue using different shapes.
I put magnets on the back of my shapes after adding google eyes and a smile. Each shape was a different color. I purposely turned the triangle 90 degrees, so we could talk about them both being triangles, though they don't look exactly alike.
Shape Hokey Pokey
I had a "packet" of four shapes for each child. After passing them out I had the children lay the shapes on the floor by their feet. Then we sang the song.
You put your circle in, you put your circle out
You put your circle in, and you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourselves around.
That's what it's all about!
Shapes we used: circle (purple), triangle (yellow), square (red), and octagon (white). The colors helped the children select the correct shape for the game.
Jack Be Nimble
Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick.
What else did Jack jump over? Our play with words didn't work really well with this rhyme...just didn't sound very good, but it was still fun. Answers included: log, flag pole, trampoline, dump truck