# Explore, discuss and identify shapes that are and are not rectangles

I can say if a shape is a rectangle or not and explain why.

# Explore, discuss and identify shapes that are and are not rectangles

I can say if a shape is a rectangle or not and explain why.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- Rectangles have 4 straight sides.
- Rectangles have 4 vertices that are all the same. They are square corners.
- A square is a special type of rectangle with all sides the same length.
- An oblong is a rectangle with 4 sides that are not all equal.

### Common misconception

Children may not see that a shape can have two different names e.g. a square is also a rectangle.

Use sorting hoops to sort rectangles and not rectangles. Then use a smaller hoop inside the 'rectangles' hoop to help identify the squares.

### Keywords

Rectangle - A 2D shape with 4 sides and 4 vertices that are all the same.

Square - A special type of rectangle with 4 equal sides.

Sides - The edges of a shape.

Vertices - The corners of a shape.

Straight - A line or surface with no curves.

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