Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning), Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Three Dimensional Shapes

Grade Level: 1, 4, 5

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Brief Description: In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to practice using language to describe the basic features of three dimensional shapes. Students will use key vocabulary to compare and discuss shapes.

Know Before You Start: This lesson is intended to provide oral language opportunities in a small or whole group setting. 


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

  • Display several three dimensional shapes, e.g., spheres, pyramids, and cubes. You can also use actual objects such as baseballs and boxes.

  • Have students discuss with a partner the different features of each three dimensional shape. Encourage students to use keywords, e.g., face, vertices, and edges.


  • Have students find a three dimensional shape from your current unit of study. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that describes the shapes using the keywords. 

  • Have students share their comics with a partner to compare and contrast their different shapes.


  • Display comics around the room and have students do a gallery walk. 

  • Invite students to read their comics aloud for additional oral language practice.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Assign more than one shape for students to compare and contrast independently.


  • Comic to print or display

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