OK, I wanted to put pictures and stuff but I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I finally got it done and am finally posting this!! Yay!! Here is a picture of the 3D figures I bought to demonstrate with. They were completely awesome! From looking at the picture of them, I thought the inserts were paper and would fall apart quickly. They are actually acrylic frames with plyable plastic nets inside of them. They should last for years. They were an excellent purchase.
Monday we made the foldable graphic organizer that compared the different characteristics of pyramids and prisms as well as cylinders and cones. Tuesday I gave them nets of different three dimensional figures for them to cut out, fold, and tape. Unfortunately for myself, I didn’t read the “content limits” for this PASS which tells me that all they have to know are rectangular and triangular prisms and pyramids, cones, cylinders, and spheres. Because I failed to remember this, I had them do several different nets. Oh well, a little extra knowledge never killed anyone. My point is this, if you’re an Oklahoma sixth grade teacher I would only have them do the nets within our content limits.
Here is a link to the net templates that I used. www.senteacher.org
Here is a picture of some of the nets my kids made. It’s not an art class, so I don’t grade or make a big deal of how “pretty” the folded shapes are. The point of the activity is for them to take the net and make the 3D figure.
There were nine nets, so I put the students in groups of three and each student configured three different nets. Some of the nets were built to perfection and some look like they had been run through a ringer. This project took approximately one and a half days to complete. My wonderful mom and dad bought me a set of geometric shapes. They are clear plastic with one side opens as a lid. Inside of the shapes is a plastic net that opens up when you take it out. I used these to show them models of the nets and how they fold up to be the different shapes. I work extremely hard to include every style of learner. I am always verbally explaining things. I use lots of hands-on materials to help them learn, in this case was actually cutting out the net and folding it up into the three dimensional figure. I also try to incorporate visuals such as the geometric shape kit my parents bought for me. This was a very engaging activity that the students enjoyed.
I also found a great site that had a “matching” activity for three dimensional shapes. I gave each pair of students a copy of the matching papers and also a red colored paper. They were to cut out the cards and match the discription with the appropriate picture and glue them on the colored paper. This was just an added exercise to connect the nets in words with the pictures. Here is a link to the matching worksheets. 3D Shape Matching Activity The following pictures are student examples.