Sorting by Shape

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11688

What is the difference between balls and blocks? If you had to put all your balls in one box and your blocks in another, how would you know how? Learn to sort by shape and you'll have the answer!


Measurement and Data

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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How could you sort the objects below? What makes them similar or different? Which ones go together?

You could sort the objects at the beginning of the lesson by shape. This lesson is all about sorting objects by shape.

The first Related Lesson in this Sorting Objects series, found in the right-hand sidebar, showed how to sort by color. If you missed that lesson, please complete it now.

What two shapes do you see below? Tell your parent or teacher:

Great work! You can see squares and circles. They are all the same color, so you will have to sort them by shape. Look at how they are sorted below. What two categories are they sorted into? Share your answer with your parent or teacher:

Did you say the two categories are squares and circles?

Excellent job! All of the shapes were sorted by their specific shape. All the circles go in one category, and all the squares go in another category.

What shapes do you see below? How do you think they will be sorted? Share your answer with your parent or teacher:

You could sort the shapes into two categories: triangles and stars. Look at how the shapes are sorted below. How are they sorted? Tell your parent or teacher:

That's correct! They are sorted by shape.

Did you understand the two examples of ways to sort objects by their shape?

Move on to the Got It? section to get some practice sorting objects by shape.

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