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Lesson Plan

Geometry: Scavenger Hunt
Subject: Math
Grade span: 1 to 2
Duration: 30 minutes
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Finding Math


This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement the Finding Math practice. In this activity, students hunt for hidden geometric shapes and work together to recognize the properties of shapes.

Learning Goals:



What to Do:

Teaching Tips:

  • A variation for very young students would be to review the shapes and colors, then give each student a shape and ask them to find a similar shape hidden throughout the room.
  • Use guiding questions to help students use what they know about the properties of shapes (straight sides, number of corners, etc.) and colors to figure out what makes another shape similar or different. For example, you may want to ask them what makes their shape like another and encourage them to justify their thinking.

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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