# Categorizing Shapes - Lesson for Grade 3, Chapter - Geometry

In the "Categorizing Shapes" lesson, designed for Grade 3 students within the Geometry chapter of the Data, Geometry, Area, and Perimeter unit, learners will embark on an engaging journey to understand the complexities and characteristics of various shapes. Through activities like the Quadrilateral Family Traits Worksheet, Sorting Shapes Worksheet, Groups of Shapes Worksheet, and Odd Shape Out Worksheet, students will delve deep into the world of quadrilaterals and other geometric figures, recognizing and categorizing them based on their properties.

This lesson is crucial for building a solid foundation in geometry, as it helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They will learn to observe, compare, and contrast different shapes, understanding that despite variations, shapes can be grouped based on shared characteristics. This knowledge not only enhances their geometric vocabulary but also aids in their ability to visualize and manipulate figures in their minds, a skill critical for more advanced math concepts.

Furthermore, categorizing shapes prepares students for future topics in geometry, such as calculating area and perimeter, by fostering an intuitive understanding of how shapes relate to one another.

Estimated classroom time: 16 min
Chapter: Geometry
Unit: Data, Geometry, Area and Perimeter
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1st
3:00 min
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2nd
3:00 min
Sorting Shapes Worksheet
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3rd
3:00 min
Groups of Shapes Worksheet
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4th
3:00 min
Odd Shape Out Worksheet for Grade 3
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5th
4:00 min
Quiz
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• ### Activity 1 / Quadrilateral Family Traits Worksheet

Before beginning this worksheet, you might want to refresh your students’ minds on what a quadrilateral is. As them if they know, and then remind them that quadrilaterals are shapes which have four sides and angles. Now, examine this simple mathematics worksheet with your students. Look at each picture with them, and then help them check the box for the right description of the shapes arranged on the left side.

• ### Activity 2 / Sorting Shapes Worksheet

Before starting this worksheet, make sure that your child is already well familiar with what quadrilaterals and triangles are. If they do not, teach them that quadrilaterals are shapes with four sides, while triangles are shapes with three sides. This tracing sheet exercise is simple enough; your child simply has to sort the shapes into 2 groups, triangles, and quadrilaterals. Tell your child to trace on the dotted lines from the shape to the correct group.

• ### Activity 3 / Groups of Shapes Worksheet

How well can your child identify and name the different shapes? Shapes are each unique in their own way, and by knowing their unique features, your child can easily identify a group of shapes. In this worksheet, there are colorful pictures of groups of shapes. To the right of these shapes are options which include the correct name of the shapes. Ask your child to look at each group of shape and then check the correct name for each of them.

• ### Activity 4 / Odd Shape Out Worksheet for Grade 3

Can your child draw and correctly identify different shapes? Now is the time to see how well they know their shapes. This simple worksheet requires your child find the odd shape out in each row and check the shape that does not belong. Look through the downloadable pdf with your child. In each row, there are four brightly colored shapes. Ask your child if they see any shape that is different in each row. Then, ask them to check the box underneath the odd shape out.

• ### Activity 5 / Recognizing Quadrilaterals and Categorizing Shapes - Quiz

This quiz assesses students’ ability to recognize quadrilaterals and categorize shapes.