Everyday Shapes

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different shapes


Shapes surround us every day! Can you find some? Students will use their iPad or Chromebook to take a picture of everyday shapes they see.  

Students will:

  • Be able to recognize different shapes. 
  • Be able to locate different shapes. 

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Shape: A shape is the form or outline of an object.

  2. Side: A side is a line that joins two corners or vertices in a shape or two-dimensional figure.

  3. 2D Shapes: 2D shapes have sides and corners, and are completely flat like circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, pentagons, hexagons, and octagons.

  4. 3D Shapes: 3D shapes are solid shapes that have three dimensions - length, width and height. Some of these complex shapes include a sphere and a cylinder.

To prepare for this lesson:

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Talk about shapes with your students. What shapes do you know? We see them every day! 

  2. Play the YouTube video Shapes- A Trip Around the World.  

  3. Play the story,  Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Holban 

  4. Ask the students, "What kinds of shapes did we see in the story?"  Pause on each page to identity shapes.

  5. Say to students, “Ok boys and girls, now it is time for you to find everyday shapes."

  6. Play the video tutorial, or demonstrate how to take a picture using your iPad.

  7. If students have Chromebooks have them take a picture on a Chromebook. If they need assistance, show the video on How to Take a Picture on a Chromebook

  8. Here are some additional games to play online:

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Students can show their teachers the pictures they have taken.
  • Students can print the pictures and create a collage. 

MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students): Michigan adopted a state-wide version of the "ISTE Standards for Students" and named them MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

To learn more about MITECS, visit the State of Michigan's TechPlan.org website for definitions and support documents to assist you in the classroom. 

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1.d.  Students explore age-appropriate technologies and begin to transfer their learning to different tools or learning environments.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

How to Take a Picture on a Chromebook

How to Take a Picture on an iPad

Shape Match

Shapes Online Game

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes

Trip Around the World


Using the edit tool on your iPad, type the name of the shape over it. 

The students will alter the images using editing tools.

Students take pictures of shapes. 

Take a picture of  living/non living things.

This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools, June 2021. Updated November 2023.