Grade/ Subject:

Shapes, “Picnic Shapes”, 1st grade Math, CCSS: 1.G.2 and 1.G.3

Shapes can be described by defining attributes and created by composing and decomposing

Build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes. (CCSS: 1.G.1) c. Compose two-dimensional shapes3 or three-dimensional shapes4 to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape. (CCSS: 1.G.2) d. Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares. (CCSS: 1.G.3) i. Describe shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. (CCSS: 1.G.3)


Students are familiar with the basic shapes and their names but not to the point of mastery yet.

Objectives (learning objectives): I can describe shapes, and I am able to cut them in halves and quarters and put them back together to make a complete shape.

Description of the activity:

Materials: Check for allergies of religious preferences

  • Shapes cookie cutters (Amazon) basic shapes
  • cold cuts
  • cheese
  • scissors
  • veggies
  • bread
  • plates
  • jar
  • marbles (secret fairy spheres)
  • blankets
  • playdough for assessment
  • plastic toy knife (not sharp)


Read the story to get them engaged in the activity.

Have three table prepared: Breads Table, prep Cold Cuts and Cheese Table, prep Veggie Table

Blankets ready for “Picnic” (or picnic tables).

Students will build a sandwich they like- only requirement, they have to check of all the shapes on the ‘worksheet’- how they combine it is up to them- take photos of the sandwiches (to share with parents)

Breads table has squares

Cold Cuts only quarters of shapes (like quarter circles etc.)

Cheese their creativity- have scissors available (use leftovers to snack on or to take to the pigs- don’t waste food)

After reading the story, split class into three groups.

Man tables with volunteers –or ask three responsible 5th graders to help with the activity.

Support students with their ideas.

When everybody is done, have the volunteers help check the sandwiches and take pictures- if the worksheet is marked off, marbles get placed in the Fairy jar. Enjoy the picnic.

Assessment/ "Confirm it”:

Allow each child to have a little tub of playdough for themselves- buy in will be greater if they have a color choice.

Call out a shape and have the student try to cut it out to their best ability- they do not have to be perfect, but can you see them trying to go for a circle or the four sides of a square? Have a conversation and have them explain how it should look like if it is unclear. (Check their desks for understanding)

Ask them to cut it in half.

Ask them to cut it in quarters or fourths.

Call out a new shape- same routine. Ask them to puzzle together a crazy shape- be an artist. (Allow some time to ‘play’)

At the end, see if they can put the correct pieces together again to make wholes. Assessment is done through observation!

Support Materials:

Shape Fairy’s Magical Journey

Long time ago, the world of humans was very boring. Everything was round like a circle. No sides, no vertices or corners, just smooth and round. Animals were round, humans were round, houses were round (imagine living in a round house that is simply round- many people got motion sickness because the houses rolled and rolled.

Humans were lucky, because one day, shape ferries decided to allow the world to learn from them and they taught humans how to use shapes to make their world much more exciting and interesting. They taught them about triangles, and squares, and rectangles, and even went as far as introducing hexagons with 6 sides and octagons with 8 sides. Humans were thrilled and life became exciting. They lived happily, but after a while just took the shapes for granted and did not appreciate what they had. The king of shape fairies became very sad, and his sadness made him very sick.

He stays in bed now day after day hoping humans will show appreciation again- but unsuccessfully.

One adventurous fairy decided to go on a quest to inspire only the smartest 1st graders around to be creative and appreciative. His name is Silverbell, and he is at “Evans” (name of your school) here today, hidden in the high trees away from humans but with sharp eyes to watch what these first graders can do.

If they can manage to build a simple meal with various shapes, they can earn magic fairy spheres and they can heal the king. If the jar is full, Silverbell can secretly take it at night and bring it home to help his leader feel better and not be sad- because these 1st graders appreciate and celebrate shapes.


Fairy Picture