I’m still working with my students on those basic shape concepts so the plan for this week is my “I See Shapes” adapted book and one of my fun Shape Bingo games. I created a set of both Color and Shape Bingo Games that I wanted to share as a free resource for you to use with your students too. Since I’ve recently been focusing on Color and Shape concepts with a lot of my students I decided to create different Bingo Games which target both of these skills. The Shape Bingo Games in this set are a perfect follow-up activity to pair with my “I See Shapes” adapted book! I’ll share the link at the bottom so you can use all the different bingo games.
For the “I See Shapes” adapted book the student has to find the correct item to match the shape on that page. The book is simple and repetitive in nature so my students can successfully participate in the book and get lots of models of those shape concepts. Along the top of the first page it reads, “I see a circle”. Then I point to the boxes across the bottom of the page and read, “The soccer ball is a circle.” I point to the middle of the page and model “circle” again. Then I have my student find the soccer ball and place it in the middle of the circle shape.
I change the prompting depending on my student’s skill level. Some of my students can help me read the book or say the shape word when we point to the shape on that page. I tried to use common items for this book so the student may also be able to name the item as they attach them to the book You can ask “what shape?” after they place the item on the page and see if they know the answer. For example, “what shape is the watermelon?” You can always give them a choice of 2 shapes to help them answer. “Is it an oval or square?”
For other students the focus of the book might be on attending to the book activity and matching the correct shaped item to the shape on the page. You can limit your student’s choices and provide 2 items to select from to match into the book. Continue to model those shape words for your student. If your student is working on using an AAC system to communicate, you can model those shape words on their device.
After we finish reading the book I have been using 2 different Shape Bingo games from my set of Color and Shape Bingo Games. If your students are good with their color concepts you can try the harder Color and Shape Bingo Game. You can read the book more than once and each time use a different bingo game. Hopefully your students enjoy these games too.
For one of the shape bingo games all the shapes are all in grey so you are not thinking about color concepts too but only focusing on those shape concepts. There are 10 common shapes targeted in this game and each board has 9 shapes on it. All the boards are slightly different. You can change the prompting while playing this version depending on your students’ skill level. With some of my student I just say the shape and the student looks to see if they have it on their board. You can also hold up the card and show the students the shape as you say it to give them that added visual support. If they have the shape on their board they can put a token on that shape.
I have other students who are still working on their shape concepts and have a difficult time putting a token on their board to represent the shape concept I said or showed them. That is why I made the Option 2 Calling Card. I sometimes print a few sets of these out and laminate them. Then I give the student the shape card and they can match it directly to their board. I know this is just more matching but that is the level for some of my students at this time. If they can match the shape then I model that shape concept again as they place it on their board. If you need to you can put a piece of hard Velcro on each shape on the bingo board and a piece of soft Velcro on the back of the shape card so they can place the card on the board and it won’t move. I’ve had to do this before with some of my students who have difficulty matching and then leaving the pictures alone while we continue the game. Eventually you can work on them pointing to the picture on their board and teaching them to put a token on the board instead of the exact picture card.
I made another shape bingo game with real objects to represent the different shapes. This can be more challenging if you just say the shape or show them a picture of the gray shape and the students have to see if they have an item on their board which matches that shape. For example, if you say “oval” now they have to look if they have the football or the watermelon on their board and place a token on that picture. Some of my students can name the items and the shape concepts as they place the token on their board. Again you can use the option 2 calling cards and make this more of a matching activity if you need to with your students. Continue to model those shape concepts as you find the pictures on the board.
If your students know their color concepts you can try the color and shape bingo game. You can use the cards to tell them what to find such as a “yellow star” or “pink heart”. You can also just give them a color concept and see if they have that color shape on their board and have to tell you what shape it is. For example, “find an orange shape”. Then they can see if they have an orange circle or pentagon on their board. You can give them the shape concept and they have to tell you what color it is. Lots of ways you can use this version of the game.
I also just included a basic color bingo game in the set you can use just like the shape games. If you want to use these bingo games click the link for the Free Set – Color and Shape Bingo Games
You can find the “I See Shapes” adapted book on TPT with the link – Shape Adapted Book Series