3D shapes have SO MANY different characteristics! These playful 3D shape puzzles are a great way to tie them all together!
To prep, I printed off the 3D shape puzzles, ran them through the laminator and cut out the individual puzzle pieces.
I like to laminate when I’m using an activity in the classroom because it makes the parts extra durable. Plus, it allows me to use them again year after year.
Tip: I chose to make the puzzles normal-size, but you could print the pieces extra large and use them as a whole-class matching game.
3D Shape Puzzles
Working with a small group of students, I placed the square-based pyramid label in the center of the table. I explained that students would need to find three bottom pieces that fit with it:
- a line drawing of the shape
- a count of its faces, vertices and edges
- a real world object that matched
The kids were eager to get started, so they quickly found the line drawing and slid it into the first spot.
To help them figure out how many faces, vertices and edges it had, I gave them a square-based pyramid model that we had in our set of 3D shapes. Then, I had them count each characteristic.
Then, they found the matching piece and placed that in the next spot on our puzzle.
With just one piece left to go in our 3D shapes puzzle, I challenged them to think of a few real world objects that were square-based pyramids. It was a stretch, but one child remembered seeing a picture of the Louvre Pyramid in a book. Another student excitedly recalled the Egyptian Pyramids.
Voila! It was a match.
The children continued working their way through the puzzles until all pieces had been matched.
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