Tracing Shapes Worksheets
Tracing skills help students not only in math to learn common shapes. It lays a solid foundation for handwriting and penmanship skills. I have found classes that color and trace for good amount of time usually have better handwriting skills. Developing fine motor skills at this age will last with students for a lifetime. We would encourage all teachers to make it part of their regular routine. These worksheets will help students learn how to draw geometric shapes. We lead students through a progression that starts with tracing shapes and then moves to free hand drawing.
Aligned Standard: K.G.A.3
- Butterfly: Tracing Step-by-Step Lesson- You have to bare with me on this one. This is a preschool skill that develops as the unit goes on.
- Guided Worksheet - We work on blowing up images that encompass a wide range of shapes.
- Guided Explanation - The point with all of these is to get you comfortable with all the shapes.
- Independent Practice Worksheet - Add colors. A pre-handwriting skill.
- Matching Worksheet - The process of doing this worksheet is great for kids at this level.
- Answer Keys - These are for all the unlocked materials above.
Trace, enlarge, and learn to draw in parts.
- Lesson 1 - Draw a slightly larger bag in box 2.
- Lesson 2 - Outline the flower. Start with the center circle and then draw each petal. I recommend doing it clockwise.
- Lesson 3 - Look at the spoon above. Trace the spoon. Outline the spoon to understand the different shapes in it. Draw a bigger version of those shapes.
- Guided Lesson - Draw a much larger jug and color it in.
Tracing paper, or even plain paper, can help kids get this quickly.
- Practice 1 - Trace the cheese and then draw a slightly larger piece of cheese. Label any shapes you can find.
- Practice 2 - Trace the bulb and color it in.
- Practice 3 - Trace this cup and then draw a cup without coloring it in.
- Practice 4 - The maple leaf looks like Team Canada's hockey jersey. Wonder why?
How Tracing Geometric Shapes Helps You Learn Them
Learning is a part of our life. We will keep learning as long as we are alive. It will never stop. However, learning can be hard sometimes. Especially in mathematics, learning the concepts can require a little more effort to learn. One of the trickiest parts of mathematics is learning about geometric shapes. If you want to learn it the easy way, the best thing is to teach them how to draw and trace the geometric shapes. These shapes represent the language of geometry.
At this level, we are simply attempting to help students understand the names of the figures that they are drawing. Tracing adds an entire new dimension that will help students identifying the key attributes of these figures. When students reach elementary school, we want them be able to identify three key attributes: vertices, sides, and angles. These simple features will even follow them into high school geometry. At this level we refer to the vertices as corners or where the lines meet (points). Sides are the long line segments of the shapes. Angles are the shapes formed by when the lines meet at a common point (vertices).
Drawing and tracing can help you get familiar to the many diverse shapes and patterns of the geometry. With tracing, you will be able to quickly learn to understand and learn the anatomy and structure of the shape. It can also help you understand how you can draw an image or shape without frustratingly eyeballing it for the longest time. Tracing and drawing geometric shapes over and over can broaden your vision in identifying any foreshortening. Foreshortening is the word used to describe how an image looks when it is completed.