Literature Connection:

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander

Mathematical Strand:



Students will analyze characteristics of various 2 dimensional shapes and explore their properties and use various vocabulary terms to discuss geometric relationships.

Grade Level:


Lesson Created by:

Jean Johnson, Fort Riley Middle School, Fort Riley, KS

LESSON Description


  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table, by Cindy Neuschwander, illustrated by Wayne Geehan.

1. Launching the Lesson (engage):

  1. Introduce and read the story, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table.

2. Developing the Lesson:

  1. As each shape is presented, discuss the properties of each shape. Discuss how the perimeter, area, and angle size are affected with each new shape.

3. Closure/Discussion/Elaboration:

  1. Discussion should include, but not be limited to the following vocabulary:
  1. Geometry
  2. Circumscribe
  3. Circumference/perimeter
  4. Area (of circle)
  5. Radius
  6. Diagonal
  7. Half
  8. Triangle
  9. Rectangle
  10. Square
  11. Parallelogram
  12. Octagon
  13. Oval
  14. Circle
  • Present various circumference, perimeter, and area problems for a variety of shapes.

Teacher notes:

  • My students really enjoyed this book. It's light-hearted, humorous approach to various geometric vocabulary and shapes sparked their interest.

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