Shape Up

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

This lesson will allow students to demonstrate knowledge of various grade appropriate shapes.

Grade Level: 1 - 3rd

Subject: Math

Length of Time: 15-20 Minutes

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Common Core Alignment

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.G.A.1 - Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.

Objectives & Outcomes

Students will create shapes using pipe cleaners to show knowledge of grade appropriate shapes.

Materials Needed

Pipe cleaners (or play dough)


Opening to Lesson

  • Ask students to name as many shapes as they can.
  • Ask if they can draw each shape as it is named.
  • List the shapes on a board or large sheet of paper as they are named.

Body of Lesson

  • Give students several pipe cleaners to use in this activity.
  • Tell students that you will point to and name a shape that is written on the board and you want them to make that shape with their pipe cleaners.
  • Explain that when they are finished they are to hold their shape up.


  • Have students hold each shape up as it is complete.
  • Allow students to see what they can create with the pipe cleaners after the activity is complete.
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Assessment & Evaluation

The students will accurately create five of seven given shapes using pipe cleaners or another medium.

Modification & Differentiation

Special needs students may be given extended time or fewer shapes.

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