Three Dimensional Figures……..what have I learned about teaching three dimensional figures? They are super fun to teach!! This (along with most everything else I teach lol) is one of my favorite concepts to teach. It is super hands-on, and the students love it.
I teach in Oklahoma. At the moment, we have PASS skills. In a couple of years, we are moving to common core, but for now we still have PASS. The PASS for sixth grade math says that students should be able to compare and contrast three dimensional shapes. They have limited those shapes to triangular and rectangular prisms, triangular and rectangular pyramids, cones, and cylinders. I made a packet of these shapes and their nets, and have them for sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Each page in the packet includes the name of the figure, a picture of the figure, and the net of the figure.
I give each student a page at a time. We talk about figure. What and how many bases it has. What and how many sides it has. How many edges it has, how many vertices it has, and how many faces it has. I then have the students cut out the net and tape it together to make the three dimensional figure. In the past, I found a website that had the nets with little tabs so that you could glue it to the other side. I found that my students would think those tabs were part of the net. I also found that gluing them together was not feasible. There is no time to sit and hold the pieces together waiting for the glue to dry. It is much easier to go the dollar store and buy some scotch tape, and have the students tape the pieces together. Without the tabs, the students get a great visual of the actual net itself. I also made another packet that includes a page of difference triangular and rectangular prisms and rectangular and triangular pyramids, with a second page of two columns. Students are suppose to cut out the three dimensional shapes and glue them to the appropriate column. One for pyramids and one for prisms. It also includes a worksheet that has a picture of a three dimensional figure, and then asks questions about its characteristics. This packet is for sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers store as well. There is also a freebie worksheet in my store that I had made a while back that you could download for free. Thank you so much for your support!