Lesson Plan

Geometry Fun

Learning about 3-D shapes
Kathy V.
Technology coordinator
Edmonton AB, Canada
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My Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to explore 3-D shapes and identify the features of the shapes

Grades 3
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1 Introduce Shapes

Activity: Exploring

You can find 3 dimensional shapes all around us,  we group shapes together according to properties we can identify, like; faces, edges, vertices.  Have students identify the different attributes they can find in the real life models of the shapes. Use manipulatives and real life examples (cereal boxes, candles, etc..)


Student Instructions

Look at all the different shapes, what do you notice about them?  How are they similar? How are they different?

2 Vocabulary

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Teach the students the vocabulary needed to identify and discuss shapes, create a math word wall in you class and use the very fun Flocabulary website to teach the vocab to your class

Student Instructions

Mathematicians use math vocabulary so that everyone knows what they are talking about.  Learn the correct language for identifying shapes.

3 Practice with Nets

Have students create digital 3-D nets of the shapes.  In this app they can explore the different features of the shapes.  Have students choose 2 nets they want to print and build. Students can also create  a chart recording the different shapes and features

Student Instructions

Build the shapes in the app.  Choose 2 of your favourite to print and build in real life.

4 Real Life examples

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Have students take pictures of real life examples of assigned shapes.  Using the skitch app, they can draw right on the pictures to identify the various features of the shapes you've been studying.  This can also be used an assessment step to determine if students understand the concepts presented

5 Assessment

Activity: Assessing

Print nets from the app and see if students can identify the shape they will create.