Shape Train Construction

Given a variety of pre-cut construction paper shapes, the student will match 10 shapes to their corresponding outline to create a train engine correctly and independently.

  • SmartBoard
  • Pre-cut construction paper shapes
  • Engine outline (from Read It Once Again Literacy curriculum)
  • Pointer stick
  • Step platform for Smartboard
  • Bookbuilder book from previous lesson

Pre-Requisite Skills:
  • The student must be able to utilize the pointer on the Smartboard and manipulate objects on the Smartboard
  • The student must be able to manipulate a glue stick

Procedures (Model/Lead/Test):
Initial Instruction (Model):
  1. The teacher will introduce the lesson to the children. She will say “Today, friends, we will be continuing our unit on trains. Yesterday, we read our book, The Shape Train on Bookbuilder. Today, we will be creating a shape train engine of our own! We know that trains are a type of transportation that rides on tracks and takes heavy loads to faraway places. We are going to begin by reading our book, Shape Train on the Move! In this book, you will see a lot of different colored shapes. When we are finished reading, we are going to be creating an engine using the different shapes we see!”
  2. Read the book on the SmartBoart. Throughout the book, the teacher will ask students to identify shapes on the trains.
  3. When finished, the teacher will begin the small group lesson on the SmartBoard. The SmartBoard screen will have outline of a train engine and the individual shapes. The teacher will say “Look, friends, these are some of the shapes that we saw on our Shape Train! What are some of the shapes that you see? Circle, triangle, rectangle, and square. Watch, we are going to match the shapes to create an engine. It’s my turn first. Hmm… which shape should I start with? I think I will start with the wheel… it is a circle. Watch as I drag the circle and match it to the other circle.”

Guided Practice (Lead):
  1. “Now, it is your turn to practice. I want you to help me to match the shapes to make the train engine. Lola, come on up. What shape do you want to match? The square. Good, let’s move the square onto the engine. Great! It looks like a window!” I would then choose each of the children to have one opportunity to move a train to its corresponding shape.

Independent Practice (Test):
  1. “Friends, you are doing so well at matching all of your shapes, but now it is time to do it all on your own. Mrs. Smith is passing out the outline of the train, and all of the shapes that you will need. Please match your shapes and then glue them into the right spot. I can’t wait to see your trains! Raise your hand if you need any help.”

As the students are completing the final portion of the independent practice, I will be completing the data sheet that lists whether the student matched all shapes correctly and independently.