The most basic geometry comes in the form of shapes. The youngest of learners begin learning triangles, squares and circles long before they can name the object. The use of Pre-K math worksheets, in conjunction with beginning math skills lessons on shapes, can be used to create a shape book for students to keep long after class is over.
Prepare the books one sheet at a time as each shape is discussed. The lesson might include drawing a singular square on a whiteboard and asking for the name of the object. The sides are counted and questions are posed as to what things are square shaped. Students will answer with simple objects such as boxes or houses. Progress the lesson by adding additional squares to the whiteboard along with a circle and a triangle. Questions are posed for same and different. The class counts how many squares are present and how many other shapes they see. At this point, the students are ready to work on their shape book, (see Media section on page 2).
Each page of the shape book asks the students to trace the shape and then count the number of given shapes that are to the right of the page. A specific direction is then given such as coloring one or more of the given shapes. All directions should be read out loud before the students begin and repeated several times during the work time. Each page is collected and placed in a folder or three-hole punch binder. The book builds as each of the downloadable worksheets is completed.
Place the books in a designated place with each students name prominently on the front. Let the students decorate the books to give them a personal feel. When the book is complete, send the book home as a keepsake.
The Pre-K math worksheets for the shape book are appropriate for age three without individual assistance. For older students, the book works as a remediation tool or as review material.