I have close to thirty pocket charts with all different shapes, sizes, and purposes. I LOVE them and use them for all kinds of things. One of my favorite things is having students do pocket chart centers during literacy and math rotations. This Shapes Sort freebie is absolutely perfect for an independent or small group math center. Are you looking for more shapes ideas, activities, and printables to do at home or in the classroom? If so click here.
Implementing Shapes Sort In Your Classroom
Shapes Sort covers the following shapes: squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles. There are four pages of shape pictures, header cards (one with shape name and the other with a picture), and a worksheet to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the material.
Students can easily complete this activity using a pocket chart, or doing it on the floor or at the table. Just do what works best with your classroom setup and supplies. For purposes of this post, I completed the activity using a pocket chart.
When starting a new center, especially at the beginning of the year, I like to complete it as a class the first time. This allows my students to see exactly what is expected of them when they go to complete the center. When I do my literacy and math centers, I try to do most of them with 2-4 people, depending on the center. For something like this I would probably want no more than two doing it at a time. If you have more students in the rotation that that, you could easily print two copies of the shapes sort so that way each student can fully participate.
After students complete the activity, they can independently complete the shapes sort worksheet. This simply requires students to sort the ten pictures into the correct category based on their shape.
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I hope that you and your students enjoy their Shapes Sort!
The shape sort can be confusing because you use some 3 -d shapes which are solids for 2-d flat shapes labels. For example the dice shouldn’t be label square … it should be a cube. Just like the earth should not be label a circle but a sphere.
Thank you for the feedback! I can see how it can be confusing for little learners.
Love this! We have fun with it. Thanks for sharing.
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