Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Geometry: 3D Shapes - Introduction

You are now entering a new dimension!!!

                        ------ the 3rd Dimension!

Three Dimensional Shapes, also called Solid Figures, have height, length, and width.

Some of the different 3D shapes are cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders, pyramids, prisms, and tetrahedrons. 

Even very young children can learn about some of the different shapes.



Here is a great slide show about 3D Shapes for kids from Scholastic Study Jams. There is also a quick 7 question multiple choice test for students to take online after they view the slide show.Click on the link below.

~ Solid Figures 

  • After viewing the video, students could read books about  3D Shapes.

  • Students could also explore their environment (inside and outside) to look for 3D Shapes (Solid Figures). 

  • Students could explore 3D Geometric Solids MANIPULATIVES. I have found some made of sponge, plastic, and wood.  Check Dollar Stores, Target, Michaels, and Amazon.

  • Students could use clay to mold their own 3D solid figures. Students could also construct models of solid figures with various manipulatives (toothpicks and mini-marshmallows, etc.).

Have fun with math!


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