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Three Dimensional Shape Activities

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Shape (3D). In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Shape (3D) Starters:

Dice Nets: Determine whether the given nets would fold to produce a dice.

Dice Reflections: A dice is reflected in two mirrors. What numbers can be seen?

Faces and Edges: Find the number of faces, edges and vertices on some familiar objects.

Icosahedron: How many triangles are there on the surface of a regular icosahedron.

 

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Featured Activity

Striped Sweets

Striped Sweets

Colour the sweet wrappers so that no two are the same. A multi-level activity designed to encourage a systematic strategy for finding all of the different permutations.

 

Curriculum for Shape (3D):

Year 5

Pupils should be taught to identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2-D representations more...

Pupils should be taught to estimate volume [for example, using 1 cm3 blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water] more...

Year 6

Pupils should be taught to recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets more...

Pupils should be taught to recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres and cubic metres, and extending to other units more...

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to use the properties of faces, surfaces, edges and vertices of cubes, cuboids, prisms, cylinders, pyramids, cones and spheres to solve problems in 3-D more...

Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to construct and interpret plans and elevations of 3D shapes more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate surface areas and volumes of spheres, pyramids, cones and composite solids more...

Pupils should be taught to apply Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometric ratios to find angles and lengths in right-angled triangles {and, where possible, general triangles} in 2 {and 3} dimensional figures more...

Feedback:

Comment recorded on the 8 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Smith, West Sussex, UK:

"I am an NQT and have only just discovered this website. I nearly wet my pants with joy.
To the creator of this website and all of those teachers who have contributed to it, I would like to say a big THANK YOU!!! :)."

Comment recorded on the 5 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Stoner, St George's College of Technology:

"This resource has made a great deal of difference to the standard of starters for all of our lessons. Thank you for being so creative and imaginative."

Comment recorded on the 10 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mike Sendrove, Salt Grammar School, UK.:

"A really useful set of resources - thanks. Is the collection available on CD? Are solutions available?"

Comment recorded on the 14 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Inger Kisby, Herts and Essex High School:

"Just a quick note to say that we use a lot of your starters. It is lovely to have so many different ideas to start a lesson with. Thank you very much and keep up the good work."

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs Johnstone, 7Je:

"I think this is a brilliant website as all the students enjoy doing the puzzles and it is a brilliant way to start a lesson."

Comment recorded on the 26 March 'Starter of the Day' page by Julie Reakes, The English College, Dubai:

"It's great to have a starter that's timed and focuses the attention of everyone fully. I told them in advance I would do 10 then record their percentages."

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by Terry Shaw, Beaulieu Convent School:

"Really good site. Lots of good ideas for starters. Use it most of the time in KS3."

Comment recorded on the 28 May 'Starter of the Day' page by L Smith, Colwyn Bay:

"An absolutely brilliant resource. Only recently been discovered but is used daily with all my classes. It is particularly useful when things can be saved for further use. Thank you!"

Comment recorded on the 19 October 'Starter of the Day' page by E Pollard, Huddersfield:

"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by M Chant, Chase Lane School Harwich:

"My year five children look forward to their daily challenge and enjoy the problems as much as I do. A great resource - thanks a million."

Notes:

A particular skill is required to be able to excel in this area of Mathematics. Spatial awareness is important for solving multi-step problems that arise in areas such as architecture, engineering, science, art, games, and everyday life. Children have varying abilities visualizing three dimensional relationships but these abilities can be developed through practical activities and working through mathematical problems. Breaking down three dimensional situations into smaller two dimensional parts in an important strategy for problem solving.

See also the "Shape" Starters.

Shape (3D) Teacher Resources:

3D Trigonometry Presentation: A slide presentation (a poem) introducing using trigonometry (including Pythagoras' Theorem) to find lengths and angles on three dimensional shapes.

Cube Construction: This is a simple interactive that does nothing more than allow you to create 3D drawings of models made with cubes.

The Great Dodecahedron: Pupils are not allowed to use their hands to point but must describe fully any shapes they can see in this picture.

Shape (3D) Activities:

Cubical Net Challenge: Find all the ways of painting the faces of cubes using only two colours.

Dice Net Challenge: Drag the numbers onto the net so that when it is folded to form a cube numbers on opposite faces add up to prime numbers.

Faces, Edges and Vertices: Calculate the number of faces, edges and vertices on 3D Shapes.

Net or Not: Drag the nets into the corresponding panels to show whether they would fold to form a cube.

Plans and Elevations: Interpret plans and elevations of three dimensional shapes.

Puzzle Cube Net: A jumbled moving-block puzzle cube is shown as a net. Can you solve it?

Similar Shapes: Questions about the scale factors of lengths, areas and volumes of similar shapes.

Surface Area: Work out the surface areas of the given solid shapes.

Volume: Work out the volumes of the given solid shapes.

Yes No Questions: A game to determine the mathematical item by asking questions that can only be answered yes or no.

Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

Shape (3D) Videos:

Platonic Solids: What are platonic solids and why are there only five of them?

Tetrahedron and Pyramid: A tetrahedron and a pyramid have edges of equal length. If they are glued together on a triangular face with the vertices aligned, how many faces will the new shape have?

Shape (3D) Worksheets/Printables:

Cube Calendar Nets: Printable nets for a desk calendar which show the day of the month.

Dodecahedron Calendar: The net of a dodecahedron with this year's calendar printed on its faces.

Net or Not Printable: A printable series of sheets to support the 'Not or Not' challenges and Starter.

Shape (3D) External Links:

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