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3 Hands on Kindergarten Lesson Plans

At a young age, it can be difficult for a student to pay attention in the classroom. One of the best ways to keep children's attention is by letting them be involved, rather than just watching. Below you will find three lesson plans that are hands on and great for kindergarten students.

Shape Recognition

Give each student a sheet with shapes on it such as squares, circles, triangles, ovals, and so on. After each student has a sheet allow them to walk around the room individually, or as a group, to find real life objects that look like the shapes on the sheet. This activity allows the children to be involved and also relate a lesson to the real world.

Fun with the Alphabet

To begin this lesson, the teacher will have a variety of objects that all start with the same letter. For example, the letter C could have a cup, coins, a CD, and a picture of a cat. Let the children identify each object. Once all objects are identified talk about how each object starts with the same letter. Continue to talk about the sounds made by this letter and write the letter on the board. Allow each student to practice writing this letter. First let them trace it, and then have them write on their own. Make sure each student is succeeding at this before you move on to the next step. After each child has written the letter with ease and recognizes the sound that corresponds with it, have the children look for other objects that begin with this letter as well. Students can walk around the classroom to find objects or can simply sit at their desk and think of objects and draw pictures of them. At the end of the activity close by having each student present their words, findings, or drawings to the class.

Rhyming Words

Begin this lesson by reading the children a poem or story with many rhyming words. Have the children pay attention to what words rhyme and try to remember what they heard. After the story is over break the children into two groups and have them make a line with their team. The teacher will have rhyming words from the story on flashcards to present to the students. The first child in each line will step forward and be able to read and listen to the teacher read the word on the card. The children will both have a chance to state another word that rhymes with the one on the card. When the children are done have them sit down and allow the next children to go until everyone has had a turn.


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