Guided Lessons

# Solid Shapes: Identifying 3D Shapes

Introduce your students to 3D solid geometric shapes and encourage them explore their everyday space for these shapes. In this lesson, they will learn to look at a ball as a sphere!
Need extra help for EL students? Try theAll About 3D ShapesPre-lesson.

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Need extra help for EL students? Try theAll About 3D ShapesPre-lesson.

Students will be able to identify geometric shapes in objects they use in their daily lives.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
(10 minutes)
• Tell students that today they are going to learn about 3D geometric shapes.
• Show them examples of 2D and 3D shapes, such as a circle and a sphere.
• List all of the names of the shapes that your students will be working on.
• Ask them to name some shapes they see around them.
• Read the book Shapes in Our WorldBy Moira Anderson.
(10 minutes)
• Make 3D shapes by folding paper.
• Show the folded shapes to your students, and name each shape clearly.
• Display the written name of the shape next to the corresponding shape.
• Show them some everyday objects that correspond to these shapes.
(10 minutes)
• Have your students explore the premade folded shapes, everyday objects, and names of the shapes.
• Encourage them to count the number of sides of a 2D shape and compare with its 3D shape.
• Ask them to look at the names of the shapes and say the names.
• Give each student a copy of the Sort 3D Shapes worksheet, and go over the worksheet with them.
(15 minutes)
• Instruct your students to complete the worksheet.

Support:

• Help your students by writing the name of the shape with a highlighter, and have them draw 2D shapes on paper.

Enrichment:

• Have your students write the names of the shapes without referring to the name tags. Give them directions to make the folded shapes.
(5 minutes)
• Ask questions about the shapes, their names, and commonly seen objects in the environment.
(10 minutes)
• Go over all of the shapes and their names.
• Give each student a turn to match the shape to its name.
• Ask your students to name common objects in a shape that you call out.