Friday, April 4, 2014

The Shape Song

We've been learning a song that helps us to remember the names of 2D shapes. 
After we learned the verses about the square, circle, triangle and rectangle, we made up our own verse about the hexagon and the oval.

(to the tune of: "Frere Jacques")
This is a square. This is a square.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It has four sides,
All the same size.
It's a square. It's a square.

This is a circle. This is circle.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It goes round and round,
No end can be found.
It's a circle. It's a circle.

This is a triangle. This is a triangle.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It only has three sides,
That join to make three points.
It's a triangle. It's a triangle.

This is a rectangle. This is a rectangle.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It has two short sides,
And it has two long sides.
It's a rectangle. It's a rectangle.

Can you make up a verse about a diamond or another 2D shape?

Postcript: Miss Robinson's class from down the road in Greymouth took up our challenge! 


  1. It is nice to hear you sing the shape song on your blog but it was even better still to hear it for real at your assembly.


  2. Hello B4 - Super singers. Well done! Have you made any artwork with shapes?
    from Room 6 Clyde School

  3. Dear b4
    I hope you have a great day at school. What is your favourite thing at school? Mine is making friends at school but I only have one friend which is Reagan.

    from Ashantay

  4. Dear b4
    The shape song is very cool. My fovoret shape is the triangle. I wander if you have a song about more shapes? I was really shy when we peformed it.
    by Devontay

  5. B4 we love your shapes song. Mrs P said we might try singing it in our class too - we are doing shapes after the school holiday. We came up with a verse about the diamond.
    This is a diamond. This is a diamond.
    How can you tell? How can you tell?
    It has four sides,
    Like a squished square.
    It's a diamond. It's a diamond.

    We saw your cool comment on our blog, but for some reason it has disappeared! In answer to your question, we have 11 brillian boys and 7 glorious girls in our class! (8 if you include the teacher). :)

    From E7 at Eastern Hutt School

  6. Hello,
    Your video was great. We have a couple of questions to ask you and it would be really nice if you would respond to them. Is it hot or cold in New Zealand? Is your school a private school or a public school? Do you see any dangerous animals where you live? How long have you had this blog?

    We are Ms. Ross's class. We live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We go to a public school. We are a grade 3 class. We started a blog a few months ago. We would love it if you would check it out:

    1. Dear Ms. Ross and class
      At the mement in New Zealand it is autumn (fall). The daily temperature is getting cooler and soon the frosts will start.

      We live in a small rural town of about 1000 people. Our school is a public school. Our school is an area school, which means we have students from 5 years old to 18 years old.
      Our class is Year 2 and 3 - the students are 6 and 7 years old.

      We don't have dangerous animals in our area! We have farm animals such as cows, there are deer and pigs in the hills.

      Our blog has been running since February 2010!

      warm wishes
      Mrs McKenzie and B4

    2. Hello Mrs. McKenzie and B4,

      We are a city school. We live in an urban community. In Toronto there are lots of crowds of people and it is a very busy city. In Toronto, we walk by a lot of people on the streets and don’t have time to talk or bond with them. Do you get to talk to people on the streets in your town? We have tall buildings like skyscrapers and apartment buildings. Our houses are very close together. Our stores are often on the ground floor and on top there are houses or apartments. We do not have a lot of dairy farms (or animals at all!) For animals, we have pets like dogs, fish, hamsters, birds, cats, frogs, rabbits, and snakes. Our wild animals are wild rabbits, squirrels, bears, raccoons, skunks, porcupines, and rats.

      Do all of your students have farms? Is a tourist attraction in your community? Do you have any towers or tall buildings? Do you have fun places to go, like a park? Do you have any pets?

      Ms. Ross & Grade 3

  7. Hello B4. We loved listening to you shape song and we decided we take you up on your challenge and make a verse to share with you. We also answered your question about our favourite shapes by conducting an investigation and making a graph. Check out our blog to have a look

  8. Alyssa, Room 1, Auroa school, Taranaki NZ
    Hi B4, I think this is very creative that your class has come up with new verses for the hexagon and the oval. I look forward to reading your other posts. A big thank you to Mrs McKenzie for commenting on my blog.
    Thank you!

  9. Dear b4
    I like our shape song people can learnt stuff,
    but we have good singing voices..

    from Caleb.