Shapes And Space Lesson Plan for 2nd Grade Students

Topic: Shapes and Space

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and name various shapes (e.g. square, triangle, circle).
  • Students will be able to identify and locate different spaces in the classroom and beyond (e.g. classroom, hallway, park).


  • Assorted shapes (e.g. square, triangle, circle)
  • Space cards with images of different spaces (e.g. classroom, hallway, park)
  • Index cards
  • Pencils


  • Start the lesson by asking students what different spaces they can think of. Write their answers on the board. (e.g. classroom, hallway, park)
  • Next, ask students to raise their hand if they can think of a specific space that you mention (e.g. if you mention the hallway, raise your hand if you can think of the hallway in your classroom).
  • Continue this process until all the spaces have been mentioned.

Direct Instruction

  • Now that students have had a chance to think about different spaces, introduce the concept of shapes and space. Explain that shapes are the different ways that we can arrange lines and curves.
  • Show students some examples of shapes, such as squares, triangles, and circles, and have them name other shapes that they can think of.
  • Next, explain that space is the area that shapes take up. Ask students to think of different spaces in the room, and write their answers on the board.

Guided Practice:

  • Have students work in pairs to draw a few shapes on a piece of paper and label them.
  • Then, have them look at the spaces in the room and draw and label the different spaces.
  • Ask students to share their drawings with the class and identify the shapes and spaces.

Independent Practice:

  • For independent practice, have students create a shape collage.
  • Have them collect small pieces of paper in different shapes and colors and glue them to a large piece of paper to create a collage.
  • Encourage them to be creative and consider the placement and arrangement of the shapes to create a pretty collage.


  • Have students share their collage with the class and discuss the process of creating it and their choices of shapes and colors.
  • Review what they have learned about shapes and spaces today and ask any remaining questions.


  • Observe students during the independent practice and give feedback on their use of shapes and colors in their collages.
  • Have students complete a short quiz or worksheet to assess their understanding of the concepts covered in the lesson.

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